Five solicitors offices in the Preston area have joined Will Aid’s Make a Will Month.
They are offering to draw up Wills during November without charging their normal fee.
Instead they are suggesting that the will-maker donates a similar amount to Will Aid.
The suggested donation is £90 for a single Will and £135 for mirror Wills and the money raised is shared by nine UK charities including Age UK and Save the Children.
Solicitors taking part include Dylan Nair Solicitors in Liverpool Road, Penwortham, Birchall Blackburn in Avenham Street, Preston and Hough Lane, Leyland, Dowson Billington in Deepdale Road, Preston and O’Donnells in Glovers Court, Preston.
The initiative, which this year celebrates its 25 anniversary, encourages people to write a proper Will to protect their loved ones and raise money to help others.
Participating solicitors can be found at www.willaid.org.uk or by calling 0300 0300 013.
The campaign raised more than £2m nationwide last year.
Shirley Marsland, campaign manager for Will Aid, said: “Will Aid offers readers a unique opportunity to get an affordable Will with one of our friendly and approachable solicitors.
“They are giving their time without any payment to help you look after your loved ones and to support some very worthwhile causes.
“It’s your chance to properly provide for your nearest and dearest and, at the same time, to help others in need.
“Over the past 25 years, Will Aid has helped 250,000 people to protect their loved ones with a proper Will and the £13.6 million raised in donations as a result has improved beyond measure the lives of thousands of people in the UK and around the world.”
Unless you make a proper Will, your worldly goods will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy.
Not only can this mean that the people you wanted to benefit might not do so, but it can also bring your loved ones additional stress and heartache sorting out the mess at a time when they are least equipped to cope.
Even if you have a Will it is important to keep it up to date. Experts suggest that a Will is reviewed every five years and updated as and when circumstances change.
People named as executors may have died, beneficiaries may have moved and be very difficult to trace and family circumstances may have changed dramatically.
There may have been births, deaths, marriages, separations and divorces, all of which may have an impact on the contents of a Will and some of which can affect its validity.
Loved ones also need to know where to find a Will when it is needed. Often families are certain that a Will was written, but cannot lay their hands on it. When this happens, the estate is distributed as if there were no Will.
Thanks to Will Aid’s partnership with Certainty, the National Will Register, Will Aid clients can register a Will without charge so that it can be located when it is needed.