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17th October 2019

Two in three Welsh mums and dads have not prepared a will

BY: Nathan Spackman

Have you considered what would happen to your children if the worst happened to you? Who would look after them? Have you made arrangements?

The charity will-writing campaign Will Aid is urging parents to consider the kids and make a will after research revealed that around two thirds of mums and dads in Wales (65%) had not prepared the vital document - leaving their children without legal guardians should the worst happen.

“If you have children under 18 and die without leaving clear instructions about who should care for them in the event of your death, it could be left for the courts to decide,” says Will Aid campaign director Peter de Vena Franks.

“We’ve all heard the tragic stories where someone has died unexpectedly and the additional heartache and sometimes bitter family arguments that can follow when the deceased person hadn’t left a will.

“But imagine if those bitter rows were about who should look after the children and the hurt that could cause.

"Two thirds of parents in Wales without a will is a phenomenally high figure - the highest in the UK alongside the north west of England, that's why I'm so keen to highlight this and get mums and dads with children under eighteen to think about putting arrangements in place ."

Will Aid is recognised as the UK’s most successful charity will-writing scheme. Since its launch in 1988 it has inspired more than 300,000 people to prepare their wills whilst raising in excess of £20 million for its charities.

The concept is simple - during November, participating law firms volunteer their time and expertise without charge to write basic wills with clients invited to make a voluntary donation to the Will Aid charities instead of paying the solicitor.

“Writing a will is rarely as complicated as people fear and typically will only take about an hour of your time,” adds Peter.

“Most of us know we should have an up-to-date but keep putting it off. Knowing that their donation is going to the charities is often the nudge people need.”  

Last year Will Aid raised more than £1 million for its charity partners - ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

You can find your nearest Will Aid solicitor at willaid.org.uk or by calling 0300 0309 558.

The research also discovered that of those who hadn’t made a will, one in three (34%) said they simply hadn’t got around to it and one in four said they didn’t want to think about death whilst one in seven (14%) assumed their loved ones would automatically inherit.

Worryingly, more than half of those who took part in the research (53%) said they would not know where to find the will of their nearest relative.

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