Big-hearted staff at our law firm in Edinburgh have raised more than £3,000 in vital funds for charity after generously volunteering their time and expertise to write people’s Wills in exchange for donations.

Solicitors at Watermans Legal offered their time throughout the month of November to take part in Will Aid, an annual campaign devoted to raising cash for nine of the UK’s most important charities.

This is the ninth year the team at Watermans Legal, based in the Leith, have taken part.

Instead of paying for Will services, clients of Watermans Legal make a voluntary donation to Will Aid.

Shawn Wood, a solicitor at Watermans Legal, said: “We are delighted to have been able to offer our vital services to people who don’t have Wills and who are looking to put their affairs in order.

Shawn Wood

 “Having a Will brings clarity. It gives the granter control of who is to be appointed as Executor and who is to inherit the Estate. It certainly makes the winding up process easier and more cost effective.

“What’s even more rewarding is that at the same time, we have been able help some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

Since 1988, Will Aid has enabled the legal profession to raise over £21 million for good causes.

The Will Aid partner charities all work with the most vulnerable people in the UK and around the world so that the sum of money will have improved countless lives.

Scott Whyte, Managing Director at Watermans, said: “We are thrilled to see the uptake on this initiative form both new and existing clients alike.


Scott Whyte, Managing Director

“Our support for Will Aid is one of a number of initiatives that we are involved in to support charitable causes both local and nationally and to be able to increase the level of donations is a fantastic achievement that will offer a great benefit to the partner charities.”

Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director at Will Aid, commented, “Will Aid has made an amazing contribution to the work of our nine partner participating charities since 1988.

“Thanks to the commitment of solicitors like Watermans Legal, many people both in the UK and abroad will receive life-changing support and local people who used the scheme have the peace of mind that having a professionally drawn up will brings.

“I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to Watermans Legal for their incredible efforts this year.”

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