Birmingham solicitors called on to help combat ongoing crises

More solicitors in England’s second city are being called on to support vulnerable people through ongoing crises both in Birmingham and around the world.

Charity will writing scheme Will Aid is looking for more solicitors to sign up to this year’s campaign, as the cost-of-living crisis and humanitarian disaster in Ukraine continues to put strain on its charity partners.

The annual campaign has raised more than £22million since 1988 for its charity partners, ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF and Trocaire.

Participating firms waive their fees for writing basic wills during November, and instead, invite clients to make an upfront donation to Will Aid.

Peter de Vena Franks, Will Aid campaign director, said: “Charities have faced an incredibly turbulent time in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and their services continue to be desperately needed.

“Solicitors across the UK helped our charities immensely during last year’s campaign, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to support good causes.

“Donating your time to Will Aid directly helps improve the lives of vulnerable people in the UK and around the world and highlights your firm’s commitment to community.

“We have seen thousands of enquiries from people in the West Midlands and it would be fantastic to see more firms from Birmingham sign up and help transform the lives of those in need.”

The suggested donation for people using a Will Aid solicitor is £100 for a basic will, or £180 for a pair of mirror wills.

Firms taking part are introduced to new clients thanks to the scheme, many of whom need additional services on top of their basic will.

Firms participating in Will Aid are supported by the campaign’s multi-award-winning PR team, who have helped secure firms’ coverage in local, regional and national press.

Junaid Ahmed, from Birmingham-based Knightsbridge Solicitors, said: “By signing up to Will Aid, we have not only helped vulnerable people in our local community and beyond, but we’ve also seen clients return for additional services.

“Will Aid is all about showing our clients we are with them through the good times and the bad.

“I would highly recommend more firms sign up to this year’s campaign.”

Celebrity supporters of the campaign include TV show host Graham Norton, Academy Award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench and ITV journalist Robert Peston, while the campaign has regularly been highlighted by financial guru Martin Lewis.

To sign up to Will Aid 2022 or express your interest, visit the Will Aid website, or contact the team directly.

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