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14-10-2015 | Best Will Week 2015 by Irish charities is launched

14 October 2015
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Solicitors across Ireland to offer initial will consultations during Best Will Week this November

Launched today by MyLegacy.ie, Best Will Week takes place from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th of November. During Best Will Week, hundreds of solicitors around Ireland will be making time to meet with new and existing clients for initial will consultations.

Best Will Week encourages Irish people to take advantage of this opportunity; to learn about the importance of making a will from expert solicitors and also to consider leaving a gift to charity in a will after all other personal considerations have been decided. With changes to inheritance taxes announced in Budget 2016, Best Will Week offers a timely opportunity to organise personal affairs.

Research revealed today details that only three in every ten Irish people have drafted a will. The research found that over a quarter of those surveyed have benefited from a will but despite this, only 50% of Irish people have engaged with any of the practicalities around preparing for their own death, from making a will to discussing their wishes with family (1).

Best Will Week 2014 saw over 500 expert solicitors offer initial will consultations to Irish people. My Legacy estimate, based on solicitor feedback, that 1,970 will consultations took place during the week and approximately 1,800 wills were made. It is also estimated that over 430 gifts were left to Irish charities (1).

As well as encouraging people to engage with their local solicitor to arrange an initial will consultation, Best Will Week aims to encourage Irish people to also leave a gift to charity in their will, perhaps to one of My Legacy's 77 Irish charity members, including Epilepsy Ireland.

Ireland ranked as the 4th most generous country in the world in the 2014 World Giving Index (2) However, the research revealed today that only 12% of Irish people plan to leave money to a charity (1). Interestingly, 18 – 24 year olds have the highest intentions of leaving money to charity.

Susan O'Dwyer, Chairperson of MyLegacy.ie and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, commented on the launch of Best Will Week;

"The number of Irish people who bequeath a gift to charity or indeed don't prepare a will is quite low. Leaving a gift to charity is a very meaningful experience that allows you to support a charity or cause you care about after you are gone. My Legacy would encourage everyone to take advantage of Best Will Week by making an appointment to visit your local solicitor for a will consultation to discuss your wishes and your lasting legacy''.

You can learn more about leaving a gift to charity and find a local participating solicitor for Best Will Week online at www.mylegacy.ie.

For more information or to join in the conversation visit www.facebook.com/mylegacy.ie

References

1. Amarach September Omnibus 2015 conducted on behalf of Edelman. Based on 1000 adults aged 18 and over.

Reference Code – S15 – 227

2. Based on 110 responses from post 2014 campaign surveys completed by 110 participating solicitors nationwide

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