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Law firm waives fees for charity

A Burton law firm hopes to reach a new target for charity as it waives the basic fee for making a will and encourages people to give a donation instead.

Else Solicitors, of First Avenue, Centrum Business Park, is urging people to have peace of mind by making a will in November and giving money to Will Aid, which last year raised £2.2m to fund vital work of charities transforming lives in the UK and around the world.

The contribution by Else last year raised £3,358, compared to £2,625 the previous year when it joined the initiative.

Kathryn Caple, head of wills and private client services at Else, said: “We were delighted with the figure raised last year, which exceeded our expectations. It would be nice to reach £4,000 this year.”

It is estimated that more than 70 per cent of people in the UK will die without making a will, which can lead to complications.

Kathryn said:“People are often worried about the cost of making a will, so this is an excellent opportunity to make sure that their affairs are in order for just the cost of a donation to Will Aid.”

Suggested donations are less than what the firm normally charges for the service.

People can use this service at Else’s head office in Burton or their Birmingham office. They do not have to be a client, but are asked to book an appointment.

Charities to benefit under Will Aid, which has raised £13.6m over the past 25 years, include Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children and Sightsavers.