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A national charity will-writing initiative has urged people to consider putting paperwork at the top of their list of New Year’s resolutions.

 

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director of Will Aid, which enlists legal firms to write wills for people in exchange for a voluntary donation to Will Aid (donations are then shared between the nine participating charities), said preparing this document should be a number one priority in 2018.

 

“The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book but the truth is we have no idea where our story will take us,” he said.

 

“Traditional New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, getting fit, quitting smoking and eating healthily but studies show only a quarter of people who make resolutions see them through. 

 

“Getting a professionally drafted will is something that is easy to do but has a lasting impact so we want to reverse that trend this year and give people something simple to pledge to do in 2018. Your loved ones will thank you in the long run.”

 

A poll carried out by Will Aid in 2017 found that almost half of Britons do not have a will.

 

The statistics were revealed ahead of the annual Will Aid Month, which takes place across the country from 01-30 November and relies on generous solicitors up and down the UK to pledge their time and support.

 

Solicitors who take part provide the will writing service for local people and waive their usual fee, in return they ask for a voluntary donation which is then split between nine of the UK’s best- loved charities.

 

Mr de Vena Franks said: “Preparing a will with a solicitor is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out.

 

“Will Aid Month provides the perfect opportunity to do this.”

 

The suggested voluntary donation for a basic Will Aid will is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of mirror wills.

 

Will Aid patron Dame Judi Dench added: "A will is a gift you can leave for those you love. If you choose to make your will with a Will Aid solicitor you could also be giving a loving gift to the thousands of children, families and communities helped by the Will Aid charities.

 

“When it comes to making a Will, my advice is simple: Carpe Diem."

 

In 2016, Will Aid raised more than £1.2 million for its charity partners – ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

A national charity will-writing initiative has urged people to consider putting paperwork at the top of their list of New Year’s resolutions.

 

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director of Will Aid, which enlists legal firms to write wills for people in exchange for a voluntary donation to Will Aid (donations are then shared between the nine participating charities), said preparing this document should be a number one priority in 2018.

 

“The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book but the truth is we have no idea where our story will take us,” he said.

 

“Traditional New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, getting fit, quitting smoking and eating healthily but studies show only a quarter of people who make resolutions see them through. 

 

“Getting a professionally drafted will is something that is easy to do but has a lasting impact so we want to reverse that trend this year and give people something simple to pledge to do in 2018. Your loved ones will thank you in the long run.”

 

A poll carried out by Will Aid in 2017 found that almost half of Britons do not have a will.

 

The statistics were revealed ahead of the annual Will Aid Month, which takes place across the country from 01-30 November and relies on generous solicitors up and down the UK to pledge their time and support.

 

Solicitors who take part provide the will writing service for local people and waive their usual fee, in return they ask for a voluntary donation which is then split between nine of the UK’s best- loved charities.

 

Mr de Vena Franks said: “Preparing a will with a solicitor is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out.

 

“Will Aid Month provides the perfect opportunity to do this.”

 

The suggested voluntary donation for a basic Will Aid will is £95 for a single will and £150 for a pair of mirror wills.

 

Will Aid patron Dame Judi Dench added: "A will is a gift you can leave for those you love. If you choose to make your will with a Will Aid solicitor you could also be giving a loving gift to the thousands of children, families and communities helped by the Will Aid charities.

 

“When it comes to making a Will, my advice is simple: Carpe Diem."

 

In 2016, Will Aid raised more than £1.2 million for its charity partners – ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).