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Will Power Helps Solicitors Raise More Than £2,500 for Charity

A Burton legal firm's decision to waive the basic fee for people writing a will and encourage them to give a donation instead to charities raised more than £2,500.

Else Solicitors, based at First Avenue, Centrum Business Park, encouraged people to have peace of mind by making a will in November and giving money to Will Aid, which in the previous year earned £2.2m nationally to fund vital work of charities transforming lives around the world.

This resulted in those who took up Else's offer raising £2,650 towards a total across the country which is expected to again beat the £2m mark thanks to those solicitors firms which took part.

The nine charities to benefit under Will Aid include Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers.

More than 40 new clients came to Else to draw up a will during National Make a Will Month in November. Some of the clients also took advantage by putting Lasting Powers of Attorney in place, protecting their loved ones' futures.

Kathryn Caple, Else's head of wills and probate, was helped by legal assistant Yolanda Ride on the project.

Kathryn said: “We were very excited that we had such a positive response to the Will Aid campaign and also to the generosity of people who took part which has proved good support for the charities involved.”

Following this success Else has agreed to help another cause, Rainbows Children's Hospice at Loughborough, which is running a 'make-a-will' month in May.

Else will be offering a greatly reduced fee for drawing up a will of £40, with the hope that those taking up the offer will make a donation to Rainbows or leave a legacy. Those wanting to take part should contact Rainbows Hospice in the first instance for more information.