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Half of Surrey and Hampshire parents don't have a will

Half of Surrey and Hampshire parents don't have a will

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:00am 9th November 2019.

Mums and dads in our area are being urged to consider what would happen to their children should they die.

It's as figures reveal more than half of parents in the South East don't have a will.

Throughout November 'Will Aid' means people can get them written without paying fees, but instead give a voluntary donation to charity.

Stephanie Maslin of Maslin Solicitors in Guildford explains not having a will can have several complications for those with kids under 18.

She said: "Certainly family arguments and at the end of the day it could be a court that decides who then takes care of your child and it might obviously be the person you didn't want to.

"Nowadays where more people co-habit an aren't married, it's really vital that you've put your will in place."

Stephanie added: "Anything can happen to anybody at any age and lots of people are mistaken about what's going to happen if they die.

"14 per cent of those without a will wrongly presume that things will automatically happen on their death and that's not necessarily the case."

What is Will Aid?

During November, participating law firms volunteer their time and expertise without charge to write basic wills with clients invited to make a voluntary donation to the Will Aid charities instead of paying the solicitor.

Last year Will Aid raised more than £1 million for its charity partners - ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

Find your nearest Will Aid solicitor