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18 October 2017

More  than half of parents have no will

More than half of parents in the UK with children under 18 have made no will, a new survey has revealed.

The study, carried out by Will Aid, found that 54 per cent of mums and dads have not prepared this vital piece of paperwork. There is a big variation in areas across the UK, with 67.7 per cent of Northern Irish parents and 65 per cent of Scottish parents without wills, yet, in Central London, only 29 per cent of parents are without a will. 

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director for Will Aid, said: “Writing a will is an opportunity for a parent or parents to leave instructions about who they would like their child to be cared for by in the event of their death. If you die without appointing a guardian, and there is no other parent with parental responsibility, an application would need to be made to the court to decide with whom your child will live, in the event of a dispute about this. Preparing a correctly worded will with a solicitor is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out.”

During Will Aid Month in November solicitors across the country waive their fees for will writing services so their clients can donate to the charity partnership and support nine worthy causes. Last year 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). 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.”

You can book an appointment via willaid.org.uk or by calling Tel: 0300 0309 558. 

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