Will Aid is the UK’s top charity will-writing scheme. It offers everyone the opportunity to make or update their Will in return for a donation to help people in need in the UK and all over the world. This money is shared by nine well-known UK charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

As part of the Will Aid campaign we drew up basic Wills for local people without charging our usual fee. In return for this service, the clients made a donation to Will Aid.

We had a very busy and successful campaign writing Wills for local people at our offices in Blackburn, Darwen, Great Harwood and Accrington. Their generous contributions mean that through our involvement in the scheme, around £2,435 has been raised for Will Aid. An additional 25% will be added to this through the Gift Aid scheme, making a total of £ 2,795.

Nationwide, the scheme has had its best year ever raising over £1.5 m to date. We are proud that Watson Ramsbottom were involved. The money that has been raised will make a real and lasting difference to the vulnerable children, families and older people with whom the Will Aid charities work.

We would like to thank all those clients who came to us during the Will Aid campaign, all of whom contributed to this fantastic total.

Solicitor Patrick Swanney (pictured), based at the Watson Ramsbottom office on Victoria Street in Blackburn finished as the lawyer writing the most Wills amongst the private client lawyers at the firm contributing to the scheme. He said “Being part of the Will Aid Scheme not only helps our clients, but they also have the opportunity to help charities all over the world to continue providing their excellent support.”

“A will is the cornerstone of your personal financial planning. It is crucial to have a properly drawn Will which deals effectively with your estate after your death. Without a Will the Rules of Intestacy will determine what happens to your assets when you die and the people that you want to benefit may miss out. Leaving an up to date Will not only eases the burden on your family and friends but also gives you peace of mind that your estate is secure and your wishes will be carried out.”

“By working with the Will Aid scheme you not only gain peace of mind that your estate planning has been determined but also enables to you leave a donation to charity to help those who are in need of assistance.”

For more information about making a will or our tax and estate planning services, please visit https://www.watsonramsbottom.com/personal/ or call us today on 01254 67 22 22.