Frequently asked questions
What is Will Aid?
Will Aid is an annual Will making campaign run collaboratively by nine leading charities, ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trocaire. Will Aid would not be possible without the nationwide support of the legal profession, who generously give their services for free.
How is the money raised by Will Aid spent?
The donations and income from legacies, supports the vital work carried out by the nine partner charities. Since 1988, more than £19 million has been donated through Will Aid and millions more has been promised in legacies. The donations have been used by the participating charities to improve the lives of children, families, older people and whole communities in the UK and around the world. The income from legacies will help ensure that the vital work of the Will Aid charities continues for future generations.
Why is the suggested donation £95 or £150?
If I join the scheme, how much work is involved?
Where do the Will makers come from?
How do Will makers get in contact with me?
What if the client has complicated instructions or requires tax planning advice?
What is a basic Will?
Do clients have to leave a legacy to charity?
Can a client specify which of the Will Aid charities their Will-making donation will go to?
As a solicitor, I only have a small practice. Can I limit the number of enquiries?
Do I have to take appointments / make Wills in November?
How do I know if a client has made their donation online?
What shall I do if the client is reluctant to make the suggested donation?
The donation has to be at the discretion of the client or it ceases to be a donation and would become a fee liable to VAT.
How do I register my Will for free with Certainty National Will Register?
As a special offer to WillAid clients, you can register your Will with the Certainty National Will Register for free (usual cost is £25 + VAT) as part of a special offer between Will Aid and Certainty.
- Log on to www.certainty.org.uk/willaid
- Fill in the registration form
- Enter the redemption code willaid2017
- Your Will is now registered
The Register simply records which solicitor is storing your Will and does not hold a copy of your Will. Details of your Will are only made available to your beneficiaries.