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Legal 500 Recommended National Law Firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce its involvement in two excellent charitable schemes: Will Aid and the Amnesty International Will Scheme (28 November 2017)

Date: 28/11/2017


Duncan Lewis, Main Solicitors, Legal 500 Recommended National Law Firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors is pleased to announce its involvement in two excellent charitable schemes: Will Aid and the Amnesty International Will Scheme

Under the guidance of the recently appointed Wills and Probate Director, Caroline Roche, Duncan Lewis Solicitors is now one of many firms across the UK taking part in Will Aid a fundraising campaign established by nine UK charities.

Caroline joined the firm in November 2017 as the Director of the Wills and Probate Department. Fluent in French, Spanish and Italian, Caroline specialises in all aspects of Wills and Probate, such as drafting Wills to take account of a variety of complex situations, inheritance tax issues, intestate succession issues and Powers of Attorney matters relating to both health and welfare and finance and property. Caroline’s expertise is not limited to Wills and Probate, however, and she is also a specialist in motoring law and clinical negligence matters.

During November, Duncan Lewis Solicitors will be taking part in the official Will Aid month by writing basic wills for clients who – instead of paying a fee – are encouraged to make a charitable donation to Will Aid. Will Aid has raised over £19 million for charitable causes since its introduction in 1988 and Duncan Lewis hope to add to that total by offering their outstanding services to the scheme.

The Will Aid scheme covers two types of Will, a basic Will or a pair of mirror Wills, in addition updating or amending existing Wills is also available through the scheme. A ‘basic’ Will covers an estate where the client intends to leave everything to a few family members, friends and charities and does not require detailed inheritance tax advice nor has any assets outside of the UK. Solicitors involved in the campaign may offer services over and above a basic Will and can charge additional fees on top of the donated amount.

Typically, Will Aid suggests a donation of £95 for a single basic Will and £150 for a pair of basic ‘mirror’ wills, significantly lower than the usual standard fees. Naturally, all donations are voluntary and clients are under no obligation to make one.

The donations made support the vital work undertaken by the nine Will Aid charities; ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, SCIAF, Sightsavers and Trócaire.

In addition to supporting the wonderful Will Aid campaign, Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ Wills and Probate department is also proud to announce that it is participating in the Amnesty International UK’s Will Scheme.

By taking part in Amnesty’s Make a Will Month, Duncan Lewis will be offering free Will-writing services to hundreds of Amnesty supporters and will contribute to the critical human rights work carried out by Amnesty International across the globe.

Amnesty International UK’s Make a Will Month is offered to users as a free Will-writing scheme and users are encouraged to consider leaving a gift to Amnesty in their Will; however, users are under no obligation to do so.

Amnesty’s Make a Will Month will take place in March 2018 and aims to build upon the estimated £1.65 million raised in 2017.