Blocks Solicitors encourages people to leave a gift to charity in their will during remember a charity week
September 10, 2015 3:12 pm
Local law firm Blocks Solicitors has shown its support for ‘Remember a Charity in your Will Week’ (7th – 13th September 2015) by reducing their fees for Wills by 10% for new instructions taken during the week.
The week, organised by Remember A Charity, aims to increase awareness of the importance of charitable legacies, and encourage more people to think about including a good cause in their Will, after they have looked after family and friends.
As part of the national Remember A Charity Week 2015 campaign, six pensioners have already pledged their support and signed their Wills at 10’000ft, while skydiving alongside a solicitor.
Nicola Weldon, the Partner in charge of the Private Client department at the firm, commented: “Thankfully, 74 per cent of the UK population supports charities and when asked almost half of those people say they would be happy to leave a charitable gift in their will once family and friends are provided for. The problem is that very few actually do. If just four percent more of us did, it would generate an extra £1 billion for UK charities every year.”
She added: “Only a small proportion of us set our affairs in order with a properly arranged Will. Costing surprisingly little, a Will gives you the peace of mind that your loved ones will be provided for. It also gives you the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy. Legacies are the foundation of many good causes in the UK and you don’t need to leave a lot to charity to make a substantial difference.”
Although you can make your own Will, Nicola recommends that you use a solicitor to draw up a Will for you to avoid any problems with the drafting or formalities of the Will, such as how it was signed, which may mean that your wishes are not carried out as you wanted and could cause difficulties for those left to sort out your estate.
The firm’s fees to prepare a straight-forward single Will are £195.00 plus VAT and £295.00 plus VAT to prepare straight-forward mirror image Wills. Where a more complicated Will or advice is required, the firm should be contacted to obtain an estimate of the likely fees. These fees will be reduced by 10% for new instructions taken during the ‘Remember a Charity in your Will Week’ (7th – 13th September 2015).
Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, added: “Gifts in Wills are the foundation of many of Britain’s charities, creating more than £2 billion for the provision of critical services each year. We hope Remember a Charity Week 2015 will reach our biggest audience to date thanks to the support of Government bodies, charities and solicitors.”
For further information about Remember A Charity, Remember a Charity Week or for press requests and imagery please contact the press team at RememberACharity@frankpr.it
For further information about Blocks Solicitors please contact the team at Arcade Chambers, 2-6 Arcade Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1EL. Tel. 01473 230033.