The exclusive partnership means those who do not already have one in place can have a simple Will professionally written that captures everything from final wishes and organ donation preferences, to inheritance and tax planning.
In return, those taking advantage of the offer will be asked to consider leaving a legacy gift in their Will to Barnardo’s. The scheme has already seen more than 3,000 people take part and raised an impressive £15 million in estimated future income for disadvantaged and vulnerable children throughout the UK since it began in 2010. The money goes towards services and research for kids who have experienced poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.
Barnardo’s Will Scheme Senior Relationships Manager, Sue Westbury said the scheme is a “wonderful way to help people plan ahead whilst also supporting a truly worthwhile cause”.
“Given that nearly £1 in every £2 we receive from our kind and generous supporters comes from gifts left in Wills, this partnership is central to ensuring Barnardo’s work continues to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families long into the future,” Mrs Westbury said.
Previous research by YouGov has shown that around 60 per cent of adults in the UK do not have a Will, with a fifth of people saying they are not wealthy enough to need one. Despite this, the Citizen Advice service reported a rise in the number of enquiries on behalf of people who have died without making a Will, revealing issues for families.
Director of QualitySolicitors Wragg Mark-Bell, Laura Urquhart said people should consider a Will whatever their financial situation might be.
“Nobody likes to think about death, but creating a Will goes beyond that,” Ms Urquhart said, adding “This all-important document is a legally-binding way of ensuring your loved ones are financially protected and can inherit your estate when you’re gone.
“The loss of a loved one is a highly emotional time and the last thing people want to worry about is wondering what someone’s last wishes were.
“We’re excited to be involved with Will Month again, giving some people in our community the opportunity to plan ahead and potentially leave a lasting impact for disadvantaged youth.”
The law surrounding estate planning and administration is complex and there are risks involved in having a Will that is not properly drafted, signed or witnessed. Using a solicitor reduces these risks and gives people reassurance that they will be protected if something does go wrong.
By taking advantage of March Will Month, people aged over 55 years can save up to £90 for a standard Will, which is the normal cost for professional Will writing services. Places are very limited, so people are encouraged to take up this offer early. To book an appointment, simply call 01228 510 077.