Forward-looking initiative is offering affordable Wills for South Coast Residents

A national charity has joined forces with a number of local south coast solicitors for an initiative that offers affordable Will creation in exchange for charitable donations.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) ‘Make a Will Fortnight’ project sees solicitors firms across Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Isle of Wight waive their fees on standard Wills. In exchange, those who require the creation of a Will are instead encouraged to make a charitable donation to the RNRMC.

‘Make a Will Fortnight’ will commence on February 12th and will run until February 25th. Due to high demand, potential clients are encouraged to enquire as soon as possible.

Last year, local solicitors managed to generate 60 appointments and 51 donations from individuals and couples. As a result, the solicitors involved helped raise almost £7,000 in charitable donations that contributes directly towards supporting sailors, marines and their families, for life.

Discussing her experience of recently making a Will, Sara Field, HR and Office Manager said:
“I first heard about the Make a Will Fortnight through my husband Bob who served in the Royal Navy for over 25 years. The initiative was really easy to do. I spent half an hour going through the will and it was then followed up two weeks later and arranged to see the final version of the Will- it was that simple.

She continued:
“The Make a Will Fortnight is something that you can do really easily and it will take very little of your time and it’s also very affordable. You’ll have peace of mind that that side of your affairs are in order and it is done. Plus, you can help support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity along the way.”

The initiative’s coordinator, Laura Burnett, Fundraising Project Leader at the RNRMC, said:
“Having an up to date Will is very important and is the only way you can be sure your money and possessions go to those you care about.

“A Will helps to ensure that your assets are divided among the family, friends and charities of your choice.  “

She continued:
“Life changes such as getting married, moving house, having a family or retirement are all times when it is important to make a Will or update your existing one. A carefully planned Will can also help you reduce the amount of inheritance tax you pay.”

The suggested minimum donation is £100 for a single Will and £150 for a mirror Will. More detailed Wills may incur an additional charge and should be discussed with a solicitor before a Will is completed.

To find out more about the RNRMC Make a Will Fortnight, visit www.rnrnc.org.uk/makeawill

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