Anyone who mentions Sheffield Mencap and Gateway when booking a will appointment with Lupton Fawcett throughout October will generate a donation of £50, with a £100 donation for joint wills once completed. As well as raising valuable funds, Lupton Fawcett is hoping its donation pledge will raise awareness of the importance of having a valid will.
Research carried out for the National Will Register earlier this year found that less than half of all UK adults (44%) have made a will.
Dying without a will (‘intestate’) means there is a risk your assets will not be distributed to your loved ones in the way you would wish, or that they will need to pay inheritance tax that could have been avoided.
Charlene Vilia, senior associate solicitor in Lupton Fawcett’s private client team, said:
“Many people assume that their closest loved ones will inherit their assets when they pass away, but this isn’t necessarily the case, and dying without a will can lead to complications, family disputes and additional stress at what is already a difficult time for families.
“Intestacy rules, which dictate how someone’s estate should be distributed when they pass away without a will, are terribly outdated and quite often do not suit modern day family set-ups.
“Recent research found that one of the main reasons given by people who don’t yet have a will is that they simply haven’t got around to it yet, so we hope adults of all ages will be motivated by this opportunity to sort out their affairs while at the same time helping a much-loved charity carry out its fantastic work in our local community.”