Where there's a Will there's a way to remember a charity

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Law firm Blake Morgan is marking Remember a Charity in your Will Week by urging people to take the time to support good causes with a legacy.

Surveys have shown that around half of those asked would be happy to leave a charitable gift in their Will – but only a handful get round to making the arrangements.

Alison Craggs, an associate in Blake Morgan’s wills, probate, tax and trusts team, is supporting the Remember a Charity in your Will campaign, which runs all this week (September 7th to 13th).

Alison said: “Thankfully, 74 per cent of the UK population supports charities and when asked, almost half of those people say they would be happy to leave a charitable gift in their Will once family and friends are provided for.

“The problem is that very few actually do. If just four per cent more of us did, it would generate an extra £1billion for UK charities every year.”

Alison added: “Only a small proportion of us set our affairs in order with a properly arranged Will. A Will gives you the peace of mind that your loved ones will be provided for. It also gives you the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy.

“Legacies are the foundation of many good causes in the UK and you don’t need to leave a lot to charity to make a substantial difference.”

Blake Morgan’s wills, probate, tax and trusts team provides specialist advice on all aspects of inheritance planning and offers a tailored service to make sure clients’ estates are handled according to their wishes.

Rob Cope, director of Remember a Charity, added: “Gifts in Wills are the foundation of many of Britain’s charities, creating more than £2billion for the provision of critical services each year.

“We hope Remember a Charity Week 2015 will reach our biggest audience to date thanks to the support of Government bodies, charities and solicitors.”