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New Law Society film highlights benefits of making a will

05 November 2014 | tagged News release | Videos

The Law Society of Scotland is encouraging people to make a will this November as it launches a new video explaining what’s involved.

Over half of Scots surveyed said they did not have a valid will and the Law Society video, 'Making a Will', explains why it’s important to make a will, what you need to think about before going to see a solicitor, and what you can expect from them as part of their service.

Alistair Morris, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “Making a will is often a simple and inexpensive process and can make life much easier for the loved ones you leave behind, especially for people with children or property.  For instance, your will can nominate a guardian to take care of young children and can also prevent some of the difficulties and delays that sometimes occur for those left behind where there is no will.

“The best way to get advice when making a will is to see a local solicitor as they can provide advice on the content of your will as well as issues like inheritance tax. They can help you avoid any pitfalls and make sure the process for bereaved family and friends is as smooth as possible.”

Recent research has shown that 57% of people in Scotland do not have a valid will. However 24% of those who do, made the decision to write one because they witnessed the negative impact of not having a will.

Solicitors can prepare simple wills at a reasonable cost and some offer a free service in return for a donation to charity, for instance, those participating in www.willaid.org.uk during November and www.willreliefscotland.co.uk, which provides a similar service every September.

More details on wills are available at www.lawscot.org.uk/making-a-will. For information on finding a solicitor, visit the Law Society of Scotland’s website at www.lawscot.org.uk.

ENDS                                                                          3 November 2014

Notes to editors:

Further information about making a will can be found at www.lawscot.org.uk/making-a-will.

Research carried out by Opinion Matters for the Law Society of England and Wales between 14 and 17 October 2014 with a sample size of 1,741 UK adults.

The fundraising campaign Will Aid runs throughout November. It involves participating solicitors waiving their right to a fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite clients to make a donation to Will Aid, which supports nine UK charities. Contact 0300 0300 013 or go to www.willaid.org.uk for more information.

Will Relief Scotland provides a similar service during September, supporting four Scottish-based charities that specialise in development work and the relief of poverty overseas. Contact 01349 830777 or go to www.willreliefscotland.co.uk.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Sarah Sutton on 0131 476 8170. Email: sarahsutton@lawscot.org.uk

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