The third annual Best Will in the World Week will run this year from Monday, October 21 to Friday October 25.
The campaign is run by MyLegacy and solicitors will offer will consultations at a reduced cost of €50.
Everyone also has the option of leaving a legacy to their choice of charity. Recent research has shown that only 34% of adults in Ireland have made a will; 82% of people over 65 years have a will whereas just 51% of people between 45 and 64 and 26% of those aged 35 to 44 years have a will.
Clonmel solicitor and Best Will in the World participant, John Lynch, said he always encourages people to make their will sooner rather than later:
“Many people underestimate the importance of making a will, or put off thinking about the inevitable, but we always say to clients, would you go away for a few months without leaving your keys with a neighbour or your children with a child minder? So why would you leave permanently without settling your affairs?” he said.
“Making a will is essential if people want to make sure that their assets will be divided according to their wishes. People can arrange their affairs so that there are no disputes, hardships or delays for those they leave behind. The absence of a will can cause complications, both personal and legal, and added expense for spouses, children, parents, siblings or close relatives and friends when they are already going through an emotional upheaval,” added Mr Lynch, principal at Lynch Solicitors,
As part of MyLegacy’s Best Will in the World Week, Lynch Solicitors will giving will consultations at the reduced cost of €50 from October 21 - 25.
Susan O’Dwyer, chairperson of MyLegacy and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation said: “Of those who do make a will only one in 10 have made a bequest to charity. During Best Will in the World Week solicitors will help increase the likelihood of a gift being left to charity by simply asking the question at the will consultations.” The contribution people make to a charity in their will is entirely optional, there is no minimum or maximum.