Mr David Bell, the oldest practising solicitor in Ireland at 91 years, with grand daughter Emily Bell.
One Family is proud to be a member of My Legacy, where 60 Irish charities are working together to raise public awareness of the importance of leaving charitable bequests in your will. During our Best Will in the World Week, from Monday 17 to Friday 21 October 2011, we are encouraging members of the general public to visit a local participating solicitor to have a will drawn up or changed and to consider leaving a legacy to their favourite charity.
Karen Kiernan, One Family director, explains, ‘Through the Best Will in the World Week, you can get professional, impartial advice on your will for just €50, while also helping a favourite charity after you are gone.’
Leaving a legacy is a simple, wonderfully fulfilling experience and anyone can do it. It does not matter how big or small the gift is – all contributions will make a lasting difference. For more information and to see a list of participating solicitors, please see www.mylegacy.ie
According to recent Irish research, only one in three Irish adults make a will. Furthermore only 12% of Irish people indicate that they have included a charity as a beneficiary in their will, despite the fact that 62% of Irish people say they would consider leaving a gift to charity in their will. Legacy donations are an extremely valuable source of unrestricted income to charities. However Irish charities only raise approximately 6% of their income from legacies which compares to up to 40% in the UK. Indeed, many Irish charities have never received a bequest.