Will Aid is a fantastic way to get your affairs in order – and at the same time help thousands of people in need around the world.
Every November, solicitors across the country give their time as part of Will Aid month by waiving their fee for drawing up your will in exchange for a donation to one of nine charities – and Christian Aid is one of them.
Will Aid received over £2.2 million in donations and Gift Aid and the money is still coming in.
We'd love to hear your Will Aid stories. Email email@example.com and let us know how it was for you.
How Will Aid works
It couldn't be easier to take advantage, as our short video explains.
How do I contact a participating solicitor?
The brilliant Will Aid website - www.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, contact them directly, stating that you would like to make an appointment under the Will Aid scheme.
And here's a tip: start making enquiries as early as September. You'd be amazed how fast appointments vanish.
How much should I donate?
Your donation is voluntary, but as the solicitor is giving their time for free, it should reflect the amount of professional time the solicitor is giving up.
Suggested level of donation:
Please note that if you have complicated instructions, or require advice on inheritance issues, the solicitor will charge their normal rates for the additional work involved.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
And 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 the Will Aid partnership since its launch in 1987 in response to the Ethiopian famine crises.
In 2011, Christian Aid raised more than £260,000 from people making and renewing their wills through the Will Aid scheme. It also prompted more than 80 people to leave a gift to Christian Aid in their wills.
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