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MP calls on solicitors to join Will Aid

September 4, 2008 11:00 AM

Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, today urged local solicitors to take part in November's Will Aid campaign.

Will Aid has a simple yet compelling objective - to help everyone put their affairs in order by drawing up a Will and at the same time help the Will Aid charities.

The money raised is shared between the participating charities: ActionAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Help the Aged, NSPCC, Save the Children UK, Sight Savers International, SCIAF and Trocaire.

The scheme couldn't be easier for solicitors to operate. During November, instead of charging for drawing up a basic Will, Will Aid solicitors will waive their usual fee and ask instead that the client donate the fee they would normally have been charged to the Will Aid charities. The suggested minimum donation is £75 for a single Will, £110 for mirror Wills.

Tom said about the campaign: "Most people do realise that they should write a Will and keep it updated but, as solicitors know, many simply do not get around to it and as a result their loved ones can suffer after their death. Will Aid publicises the importance of making a proper Will with a solicitor and raises awareness of what can happen if a person dies intestate. It seems to me that Will Aid is a most effective campaign because it provides the motivation many people need to make their Will and raises vital funds for the charities involved. I would like to encourage more local solicitors and more local people to participate."

Solicitors wishing to take part or to find out more about the scheme, should telephone the Campaign Office on 01460 271178, visit the website www.willaid.org.uk or email enquiries@willaid.org.uk.

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