Make a will and donate to charity

If you’re one of the almost 60 per cent of adults in the UK who have yet to make a will, November may be the time to do it.

November is Will Aid month, when solicitors who are part of the scheme will draw up a will for you without charging the usual fee. Instead, you donate the suggested amount, which is shared among nine leading UK charities (ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trocaire). The suggested voluntary donation is £95 for a basic will or £150 for a pair of basic mirror wills. 

Will Aid campaign director, Peter de Vena Franks, said:

“Will Aid has made such a real and positive difference to those in need of a hand up over the years. This would not have been achieved without the hard work of our enthusiastic solicitors and the generosity of the clients they have helped to make a will."

Without a will, the laws of intestacy determine who will inherit what you leave behind. This may not reflect your wishes for what happens to your assets when you die.

Find a solicitor who is taking part in your area, or enquire about joining the scheme.

See also: Leaving a legacy: what will you do with your assets?