Will Writing Month Will Writing Month Today we are launching a campaign to highlight the importance of making a will. Will Writing Month, which takes place throughout October, is encouraging local people to make a valid will, to ensure that that their wishes are met after they die. Meet the local Solicitors taking part As part of the campaign, we are working with a range of local solicitors including CMG Cunningham Dickey Solicitors (Belfast, Bangor, Newtownards, pictured above) ,Dominic McInerney Solicitors (Newcastle, pictured below left),Carmel O’Meara & Co (Dungannon, pictured below middle) and GCS Solicitors (Armagh, picture below right);to offer the opportunity to have a standard will written for free* Nikita Ferguson, Fundraising Officer, Age NI explained: “Over the last couple of years Age NI has aimed to raise awareness of the importance of writing a will by offering the opportunity for anyone living in Northern Ireland to get a standard will drafted for free." “This year we’ll be offering £50 towards the cost of a standard will, and we are asking participating solicitors to match our contribution, meaning a standard will at £100 would be free to the customer.” Currently, 54% of adults in the UK do not have a will, and many die intestate, meaning the probate court will decide how to divide their estate without their input. Leaving a gift to charity During Will Writing Month, we're also highlighting the importance of leaving a gift in your will to a charity. Legacy income is the single biggest source of voluntary income with a value of over £2.8 billion a year in the UK. However, only 6% of people living in the UK have left a gift to charity in their will. Nikita Ferguson, Fundraising Officer, Age NI added: “After you have taken care of your loved ones leaving a gift to charity can be a way of honouring your interests, values and life experiences. You may feel that you don’t have much to leave, but that doesn’t mean your gift can’t make a difference." “Age NI relies on gifts of all sizes to continue our vital work with vulnerable older people. It means so much to us when someone chooses to include us in their will. Knowing that someone cared deeply about support and care for vulnerable older people is extremely moving.” To find out more To find out more about the campaign and how to take part, visit our Will Writing Month page or call 028 9024 5729. *Please note, there are a limited number of free will appointments available, and these will be offered on a first come first serve basis.