Will Aid, the UK’s leading charity will making scheme,
will be running again this November providing an opportunity
for other charities to overcome one of the main barriers
to achieving legacies – motivating supporters to actually
make a Will.
Will Aid is run by a partnership of nine leading charities
and recruits solicitors all over the UK who will draw up
a basic will free of charge.
In return for this service, the solicitors hope their Will
Aid clients will choose to donate to the Will Aid charities
the fee they would normally charge.
The suggested donation level is £75 for a single
Will, £110 for a pair of mirror Wills and £40
for a codicil.
This scheme is popular with charity supporters who like
to feel that they are helping charity rather than paying
a solicitor. Will Aid aims to motivate people to write their
Will – something they may have been meaning to do
but putting off for ages.
Whilst the donations go to the Will Aid charities, people
are free to make a legacy to any charity or cause they choose.
So any charity can benefit from the scheme.
Will Aid can provide leaflets free of charge for inclusion
in supporter mailings and press releases for inclusion in
newsletter and magazines.
Campaign manager Shirley Marsland said: “The last
campaign in 2006 achieved over £5m in legacy pledges
for the Will Aid charities. If you are a legacy manager
wondering how to turn your supporters’ good intentions
to leave a legacy into a reality, then Will Aid is a really
effective prompt to encourage people to actually get on
a make that Will or add an all important codicil to an existing