Huge Congratulations to our clients and team – Together we raised £5,865 during Will Aid 2022
Throughout November 2022 we volunteered our time and expertise and waived our usual Will writing fee for simple Wills in support of Will Aid. Instead of our fee, our clients made a donation to Will Aid to be distributed among nine worthy charities to help support their vital work.
Will Aid takes place every November, and participating solicitors volunteer heir time and expertise. The Will Aid campaign has raised more than £24 million in donations and many millions more in pledged legacies, for its nine partner charities since launching in 1988. We are delighted to announce that together we raised over £5,865 for Will Aid 2022 campaign, making Blackwood & Smith the fourth highest donating firm in the whole of Scotland! This year’s efforts bring the firm’s total contribution to the campaign up to an impressive £32,681! As a small firm we are massively proud of our clients and solicitors for raising such significant amounts in support of worthy causes.
As a firm we have always recognised and embraced our duty to give back. The Will Aid Campaign has a dual purpose of encouraging people to have their Will drafted by a solicitor whilst at the same time raising money for charity. Our belief in the importance of both of these objectives make our decision to participate in the Will Aid campaign an easy one.
Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director, added: “I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Blackwood & Smith for their incredible efforts this year and much-valued contribution over the many years they have supported Will Aid.
“By giving up their time, our nine partner charities can use these donations and legacies left by Will makers to transform the lives of people in need, both here in the UK and all around the world.”
Donations support nine of the UK’s best-loved charities - ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (N. Ireland).
Why is it important to make a Will?
A Will is a legal document that provides details of your wishes on your death. These instructions typically include directions about the distribution of your assets (your house, bank accounts, pensions and digital assets); a Will can also deal with the care of any children.
If you do not have a Will, the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964 will dictate how your estate assets including your money or property are distributed. The law of succession is not personal to you and your assets may not be distributed in the way you expect or wish. A well drafted Will can simplify the legal process for your loved ones after your death and save an unnecessary court process.
It is important that you update your Will if your personal circumstances change. An out of date Will may not reflect your current wishes at the time of your death.
What has Will Aid achieved?
Will Aid started in 1988 and since then with the help of the legal profession the charity will-writing campaign has raised over 24 million pounds for worthy causes.
The Will Aid charities work with the most vulnerable people near and far. The sums raised by the campaign have improved the lives of countless people. To find out more about the life-transforming work of the Will Aid charities please follow this link which will redirect you to the dedicated page on their website www.willaid.org.uk/will-aid-charities
Since Will Aid began it has encouraged more than 340,000 people to make their Wills through the campaign.
Will Aid is a fantastic campaign, one which Blackwood & Smith are extremely proud to take part in. Thank you to all our clients for their generous donations and to our solicitors who gave their time and energy to support such worthwhile charities.
If you would like to discuss an existing or new Will our experienced private client team would be delighted to this over with you. Please call us on 01721 720131 or fill in our online enquiry form https://www.blackwoodsmith.com/contact-us