Support us Leave a gift in your Will Make a Will Fortnight 2018 After the fantastic success of the 2017 event, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity has decided to expand its second Make a Will Fortnight. In 2018 the RNRMC will be working with solicitors in both Portsmouth and Plymouth and their surrounding areas. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity will hold its second Make a Will Fortnight from 12th – 25th February 2018. During this time solicitors firms will waive their fees for writing basic single and mirror Wills in return for a donation to the charity. The suggested minimum donation is £100 for a single Will and £150 for a pair of mirror Wills. Please note that more detailed Wills may incur an additional charge and should be discussed with your solicitor before your Will is completed. Why make a Will? Having an up to date Will is very important and is the only way you can be sure your money and possessions go to those you care about. A Will helps to ensure that your assets are divided among the family, friends and charities of your choice, and can help you manage the amount of inheritance tax you pay. Thousands of people die every year without making a Will or without one that has been properly drafted. If you die without a Will your final wishes may well go unheeded, and your loved ones may have to cope with additional financial stress at a time of bereavement. Life changes such as getting married, moving house, having a family or retirement are all times when it is important to make a Will or update your existing one. A carefully planned Will can also help you reduce the amount of inheritance tax you pay. What next? If you would like to take part in the RNRMC Make a Will Fortnight, simply follow these steps: Contact a solicitor of your choice from the list below and make an appointment between 12th–25th February, stating 'RNRMC Make a Will Fortnight’ when you call. Attend your appointment and make your Will. Your solicitor will provide you with an envelope to put your donation in at the appointment. Please make cheques payable to The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Complete your contact details on the envelope and remember to sign and date the Gift Aid declaration if you are a UK taxpayer, which will allow us to claim an additional 25p on every £1 donated, at no extra cost to you. Hand the envelope back to your solicitor who will pass it to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Don’t forget to return to your solicitor and sign your newly drafted Will – it is not binding until this is done. That’s all there is to it - rest easy knowing your affairs are in order and that you’ve given the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity a tremendous gesture of support at the same time. Participating Solicitors Portsmouth Plymouth FAQs Is the event for serving personnel or civilians? Answer Both! We encourage anyone who would like to support the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity to participate. Is there an age restriction for participants? Answer No, anyone over the age of 18 can get involved. Do I have to make a donation or leave a legacy to the RNRMC? Answer Although it is not compulsory, we suggest a minimum donation of £100 for a single Will and £150 for a pair of Mirror Wills. Our partnering solicitors have donated their time to the RNRMC for free in the hope that participants will support the Charity in return. To give you some idea of how much this would normally cost you, solicitors usually charge upward of £200 to draft a standard Will. Your donations enable us to secure support from solicitors for the next year. Legacies are not expected but are an excellent way for you to leave a positive impact. A gift in your Will costs you nothing now but can make a difference for years to come. We understand that taking care of your family must come first, however, by leaving just a small sum, even 1%, to the RNRMC will enable us to continue to fund projects like… (link to beneficiary story) What does the money raised get spent on? Answer You can see examples of our vital work here Who will write my Will? Answer The participating solicitor you chose to make an appointment with will write your Will, not the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. How difficult is it to make a Will? Answer Making a Will is surprisingly simple. Your solicitor will take you through everything. In most cases, you should be able to plan your Will in one appointment. You don’t need to bring any paperwork but you might find it helpful to have a list of your assets and an idea of how you would like them distributed. What if my Will is more complicated? Answer Solicitors have pledged to write basic single and Mirror Wills for the RNRMC’s supporters. More complex or detailed Wills may incur an additional charge and this should be discussed with your solicitor before your Will is completed. Any additional charges should be made directly to your solicitor. How often should I update my Will? Answer It is generally advised that you should review your Will every five years. Your Will should be updated after any major life event such as marriage, the birth of a child, buying a house or retirement. When can I make my Will? Answer The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity’s Make a Will Fortnight will run from 12th-25th February 2018 and is subject to limited availability. Please make your appointment as early as possible to avoid disappointment. What do I do next? Answer Select a solicitor from the list of participating firms, give them a call and arrange an appointment quoting the ‘RNRMC Make a Will Fortnight’. What if I still have questions? Answer If you require any additional information about our Make a Will Fortnight, or are a solicitor wishing to get involved, please contact Laura Burnett: [email protected] For any questions or to register your interest for next year, as we hope to expand the event to new areas of the United Kingdom, please email Laura at [email protected] Thank you for your support!