Remember A Charity partners with Association of Lifetime Lawyers

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Remember A Charity welcomes new partnership with the Association of Lifetime Lawyers, helping to support legal advisers in championing gifts in Wills in conversations with clients of all ages.

Formerly known as Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), the Association of Lifetime Lawyers is a national organisation with over 1,500 members – all of whom are fully qualified, regulated, and insured solicitors, barristers or chartered legal executives, who spend at least half of their time working with older and vulnerable clients.

Through the Remember A Charity Campaign Supporter scheme, we work with a legal network of some 870 charity friendly solicitors and Will-writers. We’re pleased to be expanding the scheme’s qualifying criteria to enable Lifetime Lawyers to join the scheme - alongside members of The Law Society, the Institute of Professional Will-writers (IPW), and BEST Foundation – in recognition of the Lifetime Lawyer commitment to identifying key issues and barriers that older clients may face, and how best to support and advise them.

Michael Culver, Chairman of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers, says:

“The Association of Lifetime Lawyers is delighted have become a partner of Remember A Charity to support them in their goal to encourage more people to leave a gift in their Will to charity.”

Lucinda Frostick, Director of Remember A Charity, adds:

“Legal advisers play a crucial role in ensuring clients are aware of all the options open to them when writing their Will, including charitable giving and any tax benefits on their estate. Working with the Association of Lifetime Lawyers is a key step forward as we widen the net of charitably minded advisers, providing resources and tools that will help them champion the charitable message with their clients.”

Research from the Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team has shown that Will-writing clients are twice as likely to include a gift to charity in their Will when their adviser raises the charitable option with them. This  demonstrates the pivotal role legal professionals have to play in increasing awareness and understanding of gifts in Wills amongst the public.

With 73% of professional advisers now always or sometimes raising the option of leaving charitable bequests in Wills to their clients, the proportion of professionally written Wills that include a charitable gift is rising, growing from 16% to 24% over the past 8 years alone[1].

[1] Savanta, Will-Writing Tracking Study 2022