The exclusive partnership means those who do not already have one in place can have a simple Will professionally written that captures everything from final wishes and organ donation preferences, to basic inheritance and tax planning, at no cost to them.
In return, those taking advantage of the offer will be asked to consider leaving a legacy gift in their Will to Barnardo’s. The scheme has already seen over 3,400 people take part and a huge £16.7m pledged in future legacy income for vulnerable and disadvantaged children throughout the UK since it began in 2010. The money goes towards research and services for young people and families who have a disability or who have experienced poverty, sexual exploitation or domestic violence.
QualitySolicitors Lockings Private Client paralegal Nicola Coughlin said people should consider a Will whatever their financial situation might be.
“Thinking ahead about what we would like to happen when we pass away can be an uncomfortable topic for many, but it can save a lot of extra grief for loved ones further down the track,” Mrs Coughlin said.
Previous research by YouGov has shown that around 60 per cent of adults in the UK do not have a Will, with a fifth of people saying they are not wealthy enough to need one. The Citizens Advice service also reported a rise in the number of enquiries about people who have died without making a Will.
“Above all else, having a legally valid Will offers complete peace of mind that your final wishes will be carried out as requested and that any property and possessions you have will be distributed as you choose,” Mrs Coughlin added.
“The value of your choice cannot be underestimated and, in this way, your loved ones will not be left out of the estate. You also have the opportunity to contribute to other important causes you care about, such as the great work Barnardo’s do.”
Barnardo’s Senior Will Scheme Client Relationship Manager, Sue Westbury said the partnership with QualitySolicitors Lockings is invaluable.
“The support and engagement from participating member firms continues to result in very significant numbers of pledges which will help us to plan for the future,” Ms Westbury said.
“Barnardo’s currently has three strategic aims – to build stronger families, to make safer childhoods, and to ensure positive futures for the children, young people, carers and families that we work with. We currently operate 1067 services across the UK helping over 301,000 people, and this wouldn’t be possible without the legacy income that we currently receive.
“Barnardo’s would like to say a huge thank you to QualitySolicitors Lockings Head Office and all the member firms who participate in the scheme.”
The law surrounding estate planning and administration is complex and there are risks involved in having a Will that is not properly drafted, signed or witnessed. Using a solicitor reduces these risks and gives people reassurance that they will be protected if something does go wrong.
By taking advantage of October Will Month, people aged over 55 years can save from £168 for a professionally written single Will or from £228 for a mirror Will. To take part, simply call 01482 300 500 or send us an email on our website to book an appointment.