Perthshire Advertiser

Law firm’s got the will to fundraise for charity


A leading Perthshire law firm has raised nearly £10,000 for charity this year after taking part in a will writing campaign.

Macnabs Solicitors’ lawyers gave up some of their free time to draft hundreds of wills for local people in exchange for a donation to a number of charities.

Macnabs, which has offices in Perth, Pitlochry, Blairgowri­e and Aberuthven, has taken part in the annual Will Aid scheme for nine years now and has raised a total of £54,361 to date.

The scheme takes place across the country throughout November and supports ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsaver­s, SCIAF and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

This year the firm raised £9395 for Will Aid, making it the fourth highest donating firm in Scotland.

Additional­ly, the firm raised £640 in April for the NHS Tayside Health Fund by donating a percentage of fees from wills and powers of attorney in order to thank the NHS and keyworkers “for the amazing job that they do”.

Director Alan Roughead said: “With Will Aid, everyone benefits.

“Clients get a profession­ally drawn-up will and peace of mind, while charities such as the British Red Cross, NSPCC and Age UK receive much-needed donations for their vital work. At Macnabs, our corporate social responsibi­lity programme is an important part of who we are.

“We have a strong track record of supporting our local communitie­s and helping causes that are close to people’s hearts and it is great to have been involved in Will Aid again – for the ninth year – and to be able to give something back has been wonderful.”

Susan Mackay, associate in the private client team at Macnabs, added: “If there is one thing coronaviru­s has taught us it is that life is precious and we will do everything we can to protect those we love.

“Being in lockdown has also created an opportunit­y for people to get overdue tasks completed and think about their future, including writing or revising their will.

“We have seen the number of people looking to write new wills rise dramatical­ly following the outbreak of coronaviru­s.

“Without a will you have no control over what will happen to your money, possession­s and property after you die, often leading to stressful, and also costly, family disputes.

“We have unfortunat­ely seen that happen too many times, so it is great to see that people are planning for their future and ensuring their will accurately reflects what they want to happen when they die.”

More than £20 million has been raised since Will Aid launched 31 years ago.

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