This November, Jacksons Law Firm is participating in Will Aid, and the take up has been astonishing, reaching full capacity within days.
The scheme is simple. Instead of paying a solicitor to write your will, you make a voluntary donation to Will Aid, who represents several well-known charities. The suggested donation is £100 for a single will or £180 for a pair of mirror wills. You can, of course, donate more.
Will Aid has raised more than £21,000,000 since 1988. Jacksons Law Firm has participated for several years now. It is a great way for Jacksons Law Firm to give something back to the local community on top of its regular fundraising, most recently donating food to Food Banks in Teesside and Newcastle upon Tyne.
Making a will is not the most pleasant of subjects to discuss, but we at Jacksons Law Firm can make the journey to giving you peace of mind a lot easier. Making a will is also not as expensive as some people think. Start by thinking of these three things:
- Who you want all your assets and possessions go to? This could be one or more individuals, one or more charities, or a combination. If you don’t make a will, the ‘rules of intestacy’ would apply, which will dictate who will inherit. This could result in someone inheriting who you don’t want to. Furthermore, if there is no-one who falls into the relevant categories, everything you have would pass to the Crown!
- Who would you want to handle your financial affairs? It is vital that you appoint trustworthy and responsible people to take charge, especially where they are looking after your assets for your minor children over a number of years.
- Perhaps most importantly, who would you want to look after your minor children in your place? Appointing guardians for your children in your will makes it legally binding immediately upon death. If you don’t, it will be up to social services and the Family Courts to decide who should look after your children. This may not be what you would have wanted.
There is more to making a will than the above three areas, which we at Jacksons Law Firm will guide you through, but by taking a moment to have a think about these, it will make the process easier.
With the challenges that we all face at present with COVID-19, there is no more important time than now to make a will and obtain peace of mind.
At Jacksons Law Firm, we know that everyone’s needs are different, so please give us a call on 01642 356500/0191 2232574 for a no-obligation discussion and a competitive quote. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Robinson, Associate Solicitor, Wills Trusts & Probate
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