The Gazette understands that several solicitors and firms have reacted by withdrawing from Will Aid.
Under Will Aid, set up in 1988, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will in return for a donation to charity. The controversial email was sent to 10,000 inquirers who had failed to get wills written under the scheme, promoting ‘alternative offers’ from one of three partners who had agreed to donate part of their fee.
These were the Co-op, The Goodwill Partnership and Which? Wills.
One solicitor who saw an email promoting the Co-op partnership told the Gazette: ‘It was rather a kick in the teeth after many years of pro bono support by solicitors.’
In a statement today, James Huitson, Will Aid’s chair, said: ‘I would like to say sorry for any offence caused to individuals and their firms as a result of a recent promotion offered by us outside of the traditional November Will Aid month.’
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