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Scottish Catholic agency offering free wills

Solicitors in Scotland are donating their time free of charge to draw up basic wills, with clients being asked to make a donation which is shared between several charities including the Caritas-affiliated aid agency SCIAF.

Independent Catholic News reports that a recent survey of nearly 34,000 adults between 25 and 64, revealed that only 24% of those aged between 25 and 44 have an up-to date Will and the figures only slightly improve for the older age-group. Yet the failure to write a will or update an existing one can add to the stress on loved ones at an already difficult time.

It says a number of preconceived ideas lull people into a false sense of security. 61% of married people think that their spouse will automatically receive everything if they die. This isn't always the case.

The Will Aid scheme, fouinded in 1988, makes it easier for people to safeguard the future of their loved ones and has raised more than $A10 million in donations and much more in legacies since its launch.

Actress Annette Crosbie (of 'One Foot in the Grave' and 'Calendar Girls') said: "This scheme offers us the opportunity to achieve so much just from writing or updating our will. We can provide for our nearest and dearest, knowing that our donation to Will Aid will help transform the lives of thousands more people all over the world. And, as if that weren't enough, we can also choose to leave a legacy to our favourite charity so that their good work can continue for years to come."

Scottish Catholic agency offers free wills (Independent Catholic News 1/11/04)

Will Aid

2 Nov 2004