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 to organ donation preferences.
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.
Private Client Solicitor of QualitySolicitors Lockings, Lana Fairfield said people should consider a Will whatever their financial situation might be.
“People do not need to have a lot of wealth to justify having a Will,” Ms Fairfield said, adding “A Will allows people to choose what happens to their estate when they pass, as well as any worldly possessions they may have – whether there is a lot or a little.
“It means that those important in your life will not be left out of your estate if they’re subject to intestacy rules and will be able to carry out any requests as you would have wanted, giving everyone peace of mind.
“We’re excited to once again be involved with Barnardo’s Will Month to support those over 55 years to have their legacy protected, whilst also helping to support life-changing work for our community’s most vulnerable.”
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 £144 for a simple single Will and £204 for a simple double Will, which is the normal cost for professional Will writing services. To book an appointment, simply call 01482 300 200.