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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Scottish Catholic agency offers free wills
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¬†Solicitors in Scotland are donating their time free of charge to draw up basic wills. Participants are asked instead to make a donation which is shared between several charities including Catholic aid agency SCIAF. A recent survey of nearly 34,000 adults between 25 and 64, revealed that only 24% of those aged between 25 and 44 have an up-to date Will and the figures only slightly improve for the older age-group. Yet the failure to write a will or update an existing one can add to the stress on loved ones at an already difficult time. A number of preconceived ideas lull people into a false sense of security. 61% of married people think that their spouse will automatically receive everything if they die. This isn't always the case. The Will Aid scheme (started by Scottish solicitor Graeme Pagan in 1988) makes it easier for people to safeguard the future of their loved ones and has raised more than £4million in donations and much more in legacies since its launch. Actress Annette Crosbie (of 'One Foot in the Grave' and 'Calendar Girls') said: "This scheme offers us the opportunity to achieve so much just from writing or updating our will. We can provide for our nearest and dearest, knowing that our donation to Will Aid will help transform the lives of thousands more people all over the world. And, as if that weren't enough, we can also choose to leave a legacy to our favourite charity so that their good work can continue for years to come." Will Aid charities transform the lives of people all over the world, from providing vital care to elderly people in the UK, to helping dig reservoirs for farming communities in India. Ramajah, from India, whose village benefits from a SCIAF funded water project, said: "I'm now able to irrigate my field and provide water for my livestock." SCIAF Fundraising Officer, Robert Russell said: "Ramajah is just one of the many people who benefit from Will Aid. It's a great opportunity to help others and yourself at the same time. "Families overseas benefit from SCIAF's work which Will Aid helps to fund whilst families in Scotland are given peace of mind for the future, knowing their loved ones will be provided for when they are gone." For further information visit: http://www.sciaf.org.uk
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