Where there’s a will there’s a way

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TIME is running out for Morpeth residents to make a more affordable will appointment as part of a charity scheme.

Solicitors at Brumell & Sample in Bridge Street are among those who will draw up a basic will and, instead of charging a fee, will ask clients to make a donation to the Will Aid group of organisations which help people in need in the UK and around the world.

But this offer only lasts until the end of the month and many participating solicitors are already booking up fast.

Recent research has revealed that more than half of the people in the region, like the rest of the country, don’t have a will.

It is mistake to believe that a husband, wife or partner will automatically inherit if someone dies without a will.

When this happens, that person’s estate is distributed according to the laws of intestacy. This may cause hardship and distress for those they love and almost certainly will not produce the outcome the deceased would have wished for.

Parents of young children need to have appointed guardians should the worst happen and anyone who has separated, married, divorced or had children should make sure their will is up to date.

The suggested minimum donation is just £85 for a single will, £125 for a pair of mirror wills or £40 for a codicil (change) to an existing one.

All the money donated is shared by nine UK charities: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

For more information about Will Aid, including details about other participating solicitors, telephone 0300 0300 013 or visit www.willaid.org.uk