Will Aid month is underway - make a Will and our fee goes to charity

By Lenore Rice

Throughout the month of November you can write a Will with the assistance of our experienced Will writing solicitors, and make a donation to charity rather than pay them a fee.

The Will Aid scheme runs for the whole of this month, when a number of Will writing solicitors in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK have volunteered to give up their professional fee. Instead, the clients are asked to make a donation to Will Aid, with a suggested minimum donation of £90 for a basic Will and £150 for a pair of basic mirror Wills.

It is estimated that only 30 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland have written a Will. The main reasons people give for not making a Will are that they believe they are too young, that they don't have any assets to leave behind, or that they believe that everything will pass to the right people anyway upon their death.

In the absence of a written Will the rules of intestacy are applied. If you have not married your estate will be divided among any children you have, and if you have none, will go to your parents, or potentially your siblings. In the absence of any living parents or siblings your half brothers and sisters might receive your belongings, and then your grand parents, and if no one can be found to pass the estate on to, it will go to the Treasury.

Unmarried couples are especially encouraged to write a Will if they want the other parent to inherit their estate. Similarly, if you have specific people in your family that you would not want to inherit any of your estate you should make sure to commit your wishes to writing.

If you want to take part in the Will Aid scheme this month, call us on 0800 840 9293 or submit your details online for a callback from one of our Will writing solicitors.