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With the law changing this week on what happens to your estate if you die without a will, local solicitors are urging people to get their affairs in order.

They are offering their services on a voluntary basis to help people write their will this November during Will Aid’s Make a Will Month.

Instead of charging a fee they are inviting the will-maker to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. The suggested donation is £95 for a single basic will and £150 for a pair of basic matching or ‘mirror’ wills.

All the money donated is shared between the nine participating charities that carry out life-changing work here in the UK and around the world.

Most charity will schemes are aimed at older people. Will Aid is different. It is open to adults of any age and that’s because Will Aid solicitors know how important it is for everyone to have a proper will.

It doesn’t matter whether you are 18 or 80 years old if you want your worldly possessions to go to particular individuals or organisations, you need to have a valid will and keep it up to date. If you have young children it is also vital to ensure that you have made arrangements for their guardianship should the worst happen.

Will Aid is a fantastic opportunity to get an affordable will and give to good causes at the same time.

You can contact a Will Aid solicitor today to make an appointment. These solicitors get very busy in November so it is advisable to book your November appointment as soon as possible.

The participating solicitors in the Northumberland Gazette’s patch are Hardington Hogg Solicitors, 43 Bondgate Without, Alnwick NE66 1PR (contact Mary Hogg on 01665 605566). Others outside the area can be found at www.willaid.org.uk or by calling the Will Aid hotline on 0300 0300 013.

Shirley Marsland

Will Aid Campaign Manager