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New Will Writing Service is Free for LAA Supporters

In recent years, LAA has seen a big drop in Legacies. Yet Legacy donations have been used in a variety of essential projects at LAA, often allowing us to make changes to the fabric of our Centre that otherwise we could not afford. Indeed, our cattery extension was completed due to a generous gift that was left to us in 2015. This is why LAA has recently developed a partnership with the online will writing service Beyond. Below, we have put together some Frequently Asked Questions about the new service:

Who are Beyond? 

Beyond is a leading, online will writing platform where users can set up a secure account and write their will from the comfort of their own home. It is safe, easy to use and legally-binding. It cuts out the need to contact and visit a solicitors office. Beyond has many other charity partners including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Woodland Trust. They are highly recommended by users of Trust Pilot.   

How can I access the service? 

LAA supporters can access the free service by using the link below. The link will take you to our 'landing page.' From there, you can see the code that enables you to get the service for free. It's really very easy. 

Is it really free? 

Yes. In addition, you can pay a £10 per year 'retainer' fee to have access to your will at any time to make changes. If you went through a solicitor, you would usually have to pay for this anyway. It still works out a lot cheaper and you do not have to take the retainer up if you do not wish to. 

How long does it take?

This depends on factors such as who is in your family/circle of friends and how many people or organisations you would like to include, but a will can be written in as little as 15 minutes. When you set up your account, you will be guided through some fairly easy questions and this forms the template for your will. 

Why has LAA gone down this route?  

Previously, LAA used to recommend a solicitor to those thinking of leaving us a gift in their will. The company we used are no longer providing this service and we decided to move with the times and explore online wills, which are often cheaper and quicker to set up.

I would like to do a bit more research, where can I find out more? 

The Beyond website is a mine of useful information, explaining why you should consider making a will and statistics about who uses the service. The costs that are advertised on the site do not apply to LAA supporters however, remember it's free for our supporters. You can find out more about Beyond here.

In addition, it's always good to look at other sources and do your own research. 

Are there costs to LAA when I set up my free will? 

Yes. There is a cost to us every time a will is written. Therefore, if you are thinking of using the free service, we ask you respectfully to consider leaving a gift to our animals if you possibly can.