Coronavirus drives record demand for will-writing help in Oldham

Date published: 13 November 2020

Appointments to make a will using a charity scheme are filling up fast in Oldham, as the coronavirus pandemic sparks a demand in people looking to get their affairs in order.

The pandemic has certainly made people reflect on the fragility of life and as a result, ensure they and their loved ones are protected by having a professionally written will.

Having an up-to-date will not only helps to protect your loved ones, but it also gives you peace of mind knowing you have an important piece of paperwork in place.

Will Aid invites people to have a professional will drawn up during the month of November in exchange for a donation to charity.

But the scheme has proved so popular in Oldham this year that there are now only a limited number of slots left to book in.

Campaign director Peter de Vena Franks said: “The coronavirus pandemic has meant that we have seen record numbers of early bookings being made in this region, but you can still make an appointment during November. 

“Having a will is one of the most important items of paperwork you can have, yet alarmingly many still put off making one. 

"Will Aid is an amazing opportunity to get the help of a professional solicitor and tick it off the to-do list with the added bonus of helping nine amazing charities.

“We have a fantastic network of solicitors who generously donate their time to help people get their affairs in order.

"Book your appointment now to avoid disappointment.”

Solicitors who take part waive their usual fee for writing basic wills, instead you are invited to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid which then supports the work of ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

The suggested voluntary donation for a basic Will Aid will is £100 for a single will and £180 for a pair of mirror wills.

Last year Will Aid raised almost £900,000 for the vital work of its charity partners.

Those who wish to make a will can book their November appointments now via: by calling 0300 0300 013. 

Will Aid solicitors will be following the most up-to-date government health advice to ensure that face-to-face meetings remain safe.

Many firms will be able to write wills at a distance via a phone or online consultations.

Some firms will only be offering their services remotely.

Participating firms can be contacted directly for more information.

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