Making a will for peace of mind

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Three Berwickshire solicitors and one from Dunbar are all taking part in next month’s Make A Will campaign.

J D Clark & Allan at Duns, Melrose & Porteous in Duns and Eyemouth and Garden Stirling Burnet at Dunbar are all offering their services on a voluntary basis to help people write their will.

Instead of charging a fee they are inviting the will-maker to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. The suggested donation is £95 for a single basic will and £150 for a pair of basic matching or “mirror” wills. All the money donated is shared between nine participating charities that carry out life changing work here in the UK and around the world.

With the recent change in the law about what happens to your estate if you die without a will, local solicitors are urging people to get their affairs in order.

Most charity will schemes are aimed at older people but Will Aid is different. It is open to adults of any age and because Will Aid solicitors know how important it is for everyone to have a proper will.

It doesn’t matter whether you are 18 or 80 years old if you want your worldly possessions to go to particular individuals or organisations, you need to have a valid will and keep it up to date. If you have young children it is also vital to ensure that you have made arrangements for their guardianship should the worst happen.

Solicitors offering Will Aid get very busy in November so it is advisable to book your appointment as soon as possible. Participating solicitors in the area are Garden Stirling Burnet, Mr A Borrowman, tel: 01368 86237639, High Street, Dunbar,EH42 1EW; Melrose & Porteous Mrs Melanie Roberts, tel: 01361 882 752, 47 Market Square, Duns,TD11 3BX; J D Clark & Allan, Miss Fiona Gaddes, tel: 01361-882501, Tolbooth House, Market Square, DUNS,TD11 3DR; and Melrose & Porteous, Mrs Melanie Roberts, tel: 01890 751557, 1 Manse Road, Eyemouth,TD14 5JE

Details can be found at www.willaid.org.uk or the Will Aid hotline 0300 0300 013.