Gosschalks to draw up free Wills as part of Will Aid 2015

Gosschalks to draw up free Wills as part of Will Aid 2015

Every November, Gosschalks offers to draw up simple Wills for free as part of the national initiative, Will Aid. And this year is no exception…

What is Will Aid?

Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine UK charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).

Every year, solicitors from across the UK offer free, professional advice in the hope the clients will then make a donation to the Will Aid charities.

The suggested donation level is £95 for a single basic Will or £150 for a pair. The money raised will be shared by these charities to help transform the lives of people in the UK and around the world.

Why should I make a Will?

Stephen Walker, Head of Wills and Probate at Gosschalks, says it’s something that everyone should consider:

“Most people put off making a Will because they don’t like to think about death and, although it’s difficult, it is important for the people you leave behind.

“If you don’t leave a Will someone else will make the decisions and it might not be what you wanted.

Wills can be made by anyone over the age of 18 and some of the most traumatic cases I deal with are when young people die. If a young person dies it is usually the parents who have to deal with everything.

The death of a child is difficult enough and I’ve seen it many times where parents can’t deal with the worry of banks, building societies and other arrangements. 

“For people who have high value estates, making a will is even more important as they tend to spread their estate to other family members and friends.

“The only way to ensure those gifts are made is to put it in a will because the law will decide who gets what and when.”

Gosschalks are also highlighting the importance of parents making a Will as it can have a major impact on what happens to their children if they die.

Stephen continues:

“The appointment of guardians in a will is extremely important. If something happens to both parents who haven’t made a will, it could lead to the courts and social services getting involved.

"This only adds to the heartache for the child, so it is best to make sure arrangements are in place.”

A quick guide to making your Will

Click here to download Will Aid's helpful guide.

How to prepare for your appointment

This Will Planner will help you plan for your appointment with your local Will Aid solicitor.

Get in touch today to book an appointment

Please call Stephen Walker today on 01482 324252.

Or email sw@gosschalks.co.uk.

Making a Will is one of the most important decisions you will make to ensure peace of mind for you and protect your loved ones in the future.

You can find out more about making a Will here.

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