Having your will professionally written can give you and your loved ones a sense of security and peace of mind.
Will Aid is a great opportunity not only to get your affairs in order, but at the same time to help thousands of people in need around the world.
Every November, solicitors across the country take part in Will Aid month. They give their time to draw up your will and waive their fee - in exchange for a donation to one of nine charities. Christian Aid is one of them.
Will Aid has raised over £100 million for a range of good causes, both in the UK and overseas.
How Will Aid works
Reverend Pat Bhutta, a Christian Aid supporter and retired solicitor, talks about Will Aid and explains how the donations raised help to support the work of Christian Aid.
How do I contact a participating solicitor?
The Will Aid website – willaid.org.uk – has a list of all the solicitors in your area. Alternatively, you can call the Will Aid hotline on 0300 0300 013.
Once you have found a solicitor, you can contact them directly and state that you would like to make an appointment under the Will Aid scheme.
We do advise you to start making enquiries in early September because appointments under the scheme are often booked up very quickly.
How much should I donate?
Your donation is voluntary, but as the solicitor is giving their time and expertise for free, it should reflect the amount of professional time the solicitor is giving up.
Suggested levels of donation:
Need to know more about making a will?
For further information, to request a copy of Christian Aid’s will writing guide, or to discuss how a gift in your will can help our work to eradicate poverty, please contact our legacy manager, Alison Linwood, on 020 7523 2173 or email email@example.com.
In the meantime, if you would like to familiarise yourself with the process, you can visit the Will Aid website and print off a helpful will planner.
Christian Aid and Will Aid
Christian Aid has been a key member of Will Aid’s partnership since its launch in 1987 in response to the Ethiopian famine crises.
Will Aid has been running for over 25 years. During that time more than 275,000 people have made a Will through the scheme and got the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their loved ones are protected if the worst happens.
In 2012, Christian Aid received more than £220,000 from people making and renewing their wills through Will Aid. It also prompted more than 70 people to leave a gift for the work of Christian Aid in their wills.
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