This November, participating firms of solicitors will write your Will and invite you to make a charitable donation, raising money for the nine Will Aid charities, including Christian Aid. Over 150 law firms in Scotland take part in Will Aid every year. Perthshire solicitor Althea Kennedy explains how the scheme works.
Christian Aid's Legacy Coordinator Jo Dallas thanks the staff at Macnabs for their continued support of Will Aid
Althea Kennedy (front right) is a partner at Macnabs, which has offices in Perth, Pitlochry, Crieff and Blairgowrie. This will be the sixth year that Macnabs have taken part in Will Aid. We asked Althea to answer four key questions about the long running scheme, which started in Scotland 28 years ago.
Why do you think people put off making a Will?
Most people are aware what an important document a Will is but put off making one, thinking they have plenty of time and will get around to it one day.
Some people just don't like to think about the end of their life, others mistakenly believe that things will get sorted out by intestacy law (rules set by the Scottish Government which dictate how your estate will be distributed if you do not have a Will).
You should never assume that your estate will be distributed as you would have wished. For example if you and your partner are not married then, unless you have a Will, your partner has no automatic entitlement to your estate after your death. They will have to raise a court action to obtain a share of your estate.
So, if a Christian Aid supporter was to book a Will Aid appointment, what should they expect to happen and how can they prepare for it?
Firstly, book an appointment early with your chosen solicitor. Before the appointment, pull together a summary of your assets, a general understanding of any specific legacies you would like to leave, who you wish your executors to be, and who might act as guardians if you have children under 18 years old.
The appointment should normally take around 45 minutes. The suggested voluntary donation is £95 for a single Will and £150 for a pair of mirror Wills, although you may wish to donate more. The donation is payable before you receive the final copy of your Will. You won't incur any other fees.
Does a Will ever need to be updated?
It's worth mentioning that even if you already have a Will it needs to be reviewed, ideally every four or five years, especially if your personal circumstances have changed. Will Aid can also be used to update your current Will.
How do you feel about taking part in Will Aid and raising so much money?
As a firm we really enjoy taking part in Will Aid every year, and our participation in Will Aid 2015 raised more than £10,000. We are proud of taking part in the scheme and raising so much money for nine really worthwhile causes, including Christian Aid.
Find out more
You can find out which solicitors are participating in Will Aid 2016 by entering your post code on the Will Aid website.
And you can read more about leaving a legacy to Christian Aid in our Will writing guide.
For any other questions about finding a solicitor or raising awareness of Will Aid 2016, email Jo Dallas, Christian Aid Scotland's Legacy and In Memory Coordinator, or call her on 0141 241 6139.
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