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Charity Wills at Thorntons Solicitors

At Thorntons, we have been running an annual Charity Wills campaign since 1997. In that time we have drafted over 3,500 Wills and our clients have donated £550,000 to Cash for Kids.

The idea is simple, if you make a new Will or update an existing Will with us during the month of September we won't charge you a fee, instead we ask that you make an equivalent donation to children's charity, Cash for Kids.

It’s so important to have a Will or keep your existing one up to date. 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.


What is the process?

Making a new Will or updating an existing Will during Charity Wills month is easy.

Step 1: Request an appointment

Complete the form below or call us on 03301 757177 to request a Charity Wills appointment. A member of our team will contact you to arrange a convenient time for an appointment, they will talk you through the process and answer any questions you may have. They will also send you some information to help you prepare for your first virtual meeting along with a secure video link for the meeting.

Step 2: First appointment

Join your virtual appointment using the secure video link provided. This meeting will be with one of our Private Client Solicitors who will gather all of the information they need to prepare a draft Will and to ensure all of your wishes are documented.

Step 3: Review your draft Will.

Once your draft Will has been completed a copy will be sent to you to review. Please take time to read the Will and any additional information we have provided. Don't worry if any changes are needed. We can discuss any changes with you before the final Will is prepared for you to sign.

At this time we will arrange a convenient time for a signing meeting. This is also done virtually by secure video link. 

Step 4: Sign your Will and make your donation

Once you are happy with your final Will, it is ready to sign. You will need to sign the Will during the virtual meeting so your Solicitor can witness it being signed by you. You then return the signed Will to us for safe keeping. We can safely store your Will until it is needed. 

Finally, we will send you a link to make your donation online using our secure donation portal. This link is unique to you.

Remember, if your circumstances change at any time, you should review your Will to ensure it still meets your needs.


Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the questions we are asked by clients about Charity Wills month.

When making a Will during Charity Wills month we don't charge you a fee. Instead we ask that you make an equivalent donation to children's charity, Cash for Kids.   The suggested donation is £200 for a single Will and £300 for a couple making Wills together.* 

*Applies to simple Wills only. If your needs are more complex your Solicitor will discuss this with you.

All Charity Wills appointments are carried out using secure video technology so you won’t need to visit our offices to take part. Your Solicitor will set everything up for you and they will talk you through the process.

There are a set number of appointments available during September, so we advise you to book early to ensure you don’t miss out.

 

All donations made during Charity Wills month are donated to Cash for Kids. The Radio Tay and Forth Radio listeners’ charity help many disadvantaged children and young people across Scotland. 

In 2021, Radio Tay’s Cash for kids supported over 11,000 children. Children who have been affected by poverty or who are living with a life limiting illness or disability. All of the money raised from the Charity Wills campaign allows Cash for Kids to ensure they make a difference. From funding school holiday provisions to a specialised piece of equipment which allows a child to have the same opportunities as their peers. 

Read more about how Charity Wills donations have been used to support children across Scotland by Radio Tay Cash for Kids and Forth Radio Cash for Kids.

Writing or updating a Will during Charity Wills normally involves two virtual meetings and any necessary correspondence outside of the meetings. The length of time to complete the work may be affected by the time taken by correspondence, as well as how quickly we receive your instructions.

Many Wills can be completed within a month or less.

Once you have completed your Will, you will receive confirmation from your Solicitor of your donation. You can make your donation by visiting our secure donation page here>>