|Type||Charity partnership established by Deed|
|Method||For the month of November, participating solicitors waive their fee to write a basic will or a pair of mirror wills. In return, they invite clients to make a donation to Will Aid.|
|Chris Millward (Chair), Shirley Marsland (Campaign Manager)|
|Slogan||Make a Will, make a difference|
Will Aid is a charity will-writing scheme designed to reinforce the need for everyone to have a professionally drawn-up will and to raise funds for the participating charities.
Will Aid recruits solicitors all over the UK who agree to waive their usual fee for writing basic Wills during 'Make a Will Month' (November). The client is then invited to donate to the Will Aid group of charities the fee that the solicitor would usually charge.
All the funds raised by Will Aid are shared between these charities and used to support their projects helping vulnerable people in the UK and around the world.
Will Aid has raised over £15.6m since its launch and many tens of million more has been pledged as legacies by people making their Will through the scheme. The 2013 campaign raised £2.1m in donations and Gift Aid.
Will Aid and the legal profession
Will Aid is the largest scheme of its kind in the UK and is a major charitable contribution from the British legal profession. Over 1,400 solicitors firms take part each year. In the 2013 campaign this number rose to 1,500. Since the scheme was launched, participating solicitors have drawn up wills for over 275,000 people.
2013 marked the Will Aid scheme's 25th anniversary.
- Will Aid
- Age UK support Will Aid
- British Red Cross
- Christian Aid
- Save the Children
- The Law Society encourage solicitors to take part in Will Aid
- Rogerson, Lindsey (2010-09-11),"Slashing the price of leaving a legacy" The Herald
- Atherton, Mark (2010-11-06), “Make a will or your loved ones will pay” The Times
- Hampshire, Susan (2002-11-13), “A cheap way to make a will” Daily Mirror
- Thornhill, Jo (2010-10-31), "Be sure to write a will as loved ones can miss out if you don’t say where assets are going"The Mail on Sunday
- (2010-10-31)"Write a cut-price will and support nine charities"The Independent