Monday November 11 2019

Leading lawyer offers discounted Wills in exchange for charity donation

Leading lawyer offers discounted Wills in exchange for charity donation

An Ipswich law firm is offering discounted prices on its Will writing services in exchange for a donation to charity.

Prettys is taking a new approach to Wills Month this November, by asking for a donation to its chosen children’s charity, GeeWizz, in return.

Available on a first come, first served basis, the firm has put a suggested donation of £150 in place for a straightforward Will, or £200 for mirror Wills which apply to couples. Such Wills normally cost £250 and £375, plus VAT, respectively.

GeeWizz, based in Bury St Edmunds, is Prettys’ chosen charity for 2019. It supports children and young people throughout East Anglia who are suffering from life-threatening conditions, disabilities or cancer. The charity relies on donations to provide much-needed specialist equipment which helps to improve their lives.

Jade Perry, GeeWizz fundraising and events co-ordinator, said: “We are honoured to be working with Prettys Solicitors. It is such a fantastic scheme and a great opportunity to put your estate in place for the future, all while helping raise funds for local children living with life-threatening conditions and disabilities.

“We are very grateful and want to thank all those donating during Wills Month, because you are helping us change local lives.”

Katrina Drake, who is a solicitor in the Estates department and also leads the charities and community projects at Prettys, said the move also highlighted why it is so important to make a Will.

“A surprising number of people have not yet made a Will,” she said. “But without one, you leave your estate open to being distributed in accordance with the laws of intestacy, and this may not reflect your true wishes. 

“It is a common misbelief that cohabiting couples will have similar inheritance rights to those of married couples. This is not correct.

“Unmarried couples have no right to automatically inherit assets from a deceased partner. If a Will has not been left, assets could be left to children and other family members. A cohabiting partner may then have to go to Court to benefit from the estate.

“Even if the deceased was married, the surviving spouse or civil partner may not be absolutely entitled to all of the assets. By making a Will, you can specify exactly to whom you would want your assets to pass to on your death.

“You can make provision for a cohabiting partner and other family members, friends, or organisations - for example, charities - who would not otherwise benefit under the laws of intestacy.”

Prettys’ Wills Month runs until November 30 and there are limited spaces remaining.

For more information call the Prettys’ team on 01473 232121 or email Katrina on kdrake@prettys.co.uk


"We are very grateful and want to thank all those donating during Wills Month, because you are helping us change local lives."
Jade Perry

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