Remember charities when making a Will

Published: 06/06/2013

Solicitors are being urged to remind clients about leaving money to charities when they make a Will after a trial scheme revealed an uplift in donations.

Conducted by the Cabinet Office behavioural insight team, the six-month project found that clients were three times more likely to leave a gift to charity if they were reminded of this option by their solicitor during the Will-writing process.

As a result an additional £1m was bequeathed to charities.

Rob Cope is the Director of Remember a Charity:

“Our latest consumer research shows that nearly half of people have thought about leaving money to charity in their Wills but only around 7% of people currently leave a gift, that’s a big gap.

“The trial shows that if solicitors simply ask people to consider leaving a gift then this gap closes significantly.

“A trebling in the number of people leaving a gift could have a significant financial impact on good causes.”

Make a Will with Goldsmith Williams this June and not only could you leave a gift to a charity, you can also make an immediate donation, thanks to the Claire House Children’s Hospice’s Make a Will Appeal.

As one of the participating solicitors, we will draft your Will and, instead of paying us, you are asked to make a donation to Claire House. Click here for more information

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