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Charity Wills

Why make a Will during Charity Wills?

It’s so important to have a Will or keep your existing one up to date. So as an extra incentive, if you make or amend your Will during Charity Wills, we won’t charge our usual fee; but instead, we’ll ask you to donate the equivalent fee to Cash for Kids as part of our Charity Wills initiative. That way, you’ll not only be looking after your own future, but helping the futures of many disadvantaged children in your area.

" We were very pleased with our experience. Audrey Dishington was very helpful, and our business was conducted in a very efficient manner considering the difficult circumstances."

If you own property, have savings, children or other dependents, you should have a Will.  You might assume that you don't need a Will, that your affairs are simple and that your spouse or partner will inherit everything. Unfortunately this is a common misconception and in many cases it isn’t what actually happens. If you cohabit but aren't married your partner will also have no automatic rights when you pass away, and they will need to make a formal claim through the court if they wish to inherit anything.

If you have children, a professionally drafted Will can set out who will be your children’s guardian(s) if you unexpectedly pass away before they reach they age of sixteen.

When you have a Will in place your wishes are made clear and dealing with your affairs is made much easier and is less expensive for your family.

Make your Will and help Cash for Kids

Each year we offer clients the chance to make or update an existing Will and we won't charge you a fee. Instead we ask that you make a donation to the Radio Tay and Forth Radio listeners’ charity, Cash for Kids. Cash for Kids helps many disadvantaged children and young people across Dundee, Angus, Perthshire, Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife, Falkirk and Glasgow. Last year our generous clients donated £60,000 to Cash for Kids during Charity Wills month.

Virtual Appointments

As we are following Scottish Government advice, our people are continuing to work from home for their safety and that of our clients and the wider community.  We wanted to continue to support Cash for Kids given the challenge they and other charities are facing because of the Coronavirus pandemic, therefore you can now make your Will from the comfort and safety of your own home.

"Much easier than expected! It was great having the video calling facility and I actually found that easier than coming to the office."

All Charity Wills appointments will be carried out using video technology so you won’t need to attend one of our offices.*   We have produced a short guide explaining the process.  
Making a Will during Charity Wills month is easy – 

  1. Book a virtual appointment by phone or via the form below
  2. Watch our Charity Wills guide 
  3. Attend your virtual appointment by secure video link
  4. We will send your draft Will for your approval
  5. Sign your finalised Will
  6. Make your donation online

The suggested donation is £200 for a single Will and £250 for a couple making Wills together.*  Your donation will go to the Cash for Kids fund closest to where you live. There are limited appointments available -  we advise you to book early so you don’t miss out. 

*Applies to simple Wills only. If your needs are more complex your Solicitor will discuss this with you.
All Charity Wills appointments must take place via video technology.

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Why Thorntons

At Thorntons, our Private Client team can advise you on all aspects of making a Will, including charitable legacies and what you can do to help reduce your potential Inheritance Tax bill.