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Will to Remember - Have your Will written using Alzheimer’s Society’s subsidised voucher scheme

Will to Remember - Have your Will written using Alzheimer’s Society’s subsidised voucher scheme

Thursday 5th June 2014

Alzheimer’s Society newest scheme ‘Will to Remember’ launched on Tuesday 27th May 2014 in the North West (Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire) in partnership with Solicitors for the Elderly.

Making a Will and planning a future for family and friends is one of the most important things everyone, at some point in their life, has to consider. For many however selecting the right solicitor, the uncertain costs and the thought of making decisions around the writing of a Will, with its bewildering array of legal terms is often seen as a daunting task.  However, by using our ‘Will to Remember’ voucher scheme, you can confidently choose a local solicitor from one of our approved participating solicitors and receive a discount of up to £150 off the cost of the planning and writing of your Will.

Liam Brown Legacy & Recognition Giving Will to Remember Manager –
“‘Will to Remember’ is available to our supporters, people with dementia, carers, members, volunteers and staff. It will also be available to people who have not yet heard or are not yet supporters of Alzheimer’s Society. We want to express to everyone the importance of having a Will. Through ‘Will to Remember’ we offer the opportunity for users of the scheme to make their own choices in planning the future, by accessing the appropriate legal advice.”

Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. SFE have worked closely with Alzheimer’s Society on a variety of projects and are passionate about ensuring everyone has the opportunity to have a Will written and have supported the development of ‘Will to Remember’ in ensuring we offer the right offer to its members and potential users of the scheme.

Justine Clowes SFE vice-chair –
“I am delighted that SFE and Alzheimer’s Society are working in partnership on the ‘Will to Remember’ Scheme.  Members of SFE will know what a valuable source of support Alzheimer’s Society can be to our clients and their families when they are faced with living with dementia.  We also know how important it is that people are encouraged to seek robust advice and guidance from legally qualified professionals.  I believe that our members are the professionals best able to provide that advice.  The ‘Will to Remember’ Scheme will enable us to provide best advice and to potentially change the future of dementia by encouraging gifts in Wills”

Brabners are pleased to announce their involvement in ‘Will to Remember’.

Rachel James, Private Client Solicitor at Brabners said –
“As a firm, we are proud to be a part of such a worthwhile scheme which will hopefully encourage people to think about making a will, at a time when a large proportion of the population does not have one.  At the same time, the scheme provides an invaluable platform for Alzheimer’s Society to promote itself and the important work it does to support families who are affected by dementia.”

To sign up today for your Will to Remember voucher call 0845 306 0898, email wills@alzheimers.org.uk or visit alzheimers.org.uk/willtoremember for more information.

Notes to editors:

  • One in three people over 65 will go on to develop dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051
  • Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
  • Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk
  • Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0845 300 0336 or visit alzheimers.org.uk
  • In the UK there are almost 28 million (55.90%) adults have not yet written a Will.
  • This means that 22 million (44.10%) claim to have made a Will.
  • It is alarming to note that 40% of those who have written a Will – that equates to about 8 million adults – have not updated it for more than 5 years.
  • 4.5 million have not updated their Will for more than 10 years. Potentially 12.5 million are out of date Wills.
  • It is suggested that a Will is reviewed at least every five years but is updated as and when circumstances change. Within this kind of timeframe, people named as executors may have died; beneficiaries may have moved and be very difficult to trace; family circumstances may have changed dramatically. There may have been births, deaths, marriages, separations and divorces, all of which may have an impact on the contents of a Will and some of which can affect its validity.

For further information please contact:

Anne Griffiths, PR Manager
Brabners LLP
DD 0151 600 3072