RLK Solicitors Join Midlands Air Ambulance Free Wills Scheme

We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Midlands Air Ambulance, to offer our clients a free will writing service. 

The scheme is open to anyone aged 55 and over who requires a straightforward will. We will prepare your will free of any cost to you in return for a payment from the charity. In return we hope that you will make a donation in your will to the lifesaving work of the air ambulance. There is no obligation to leave a legacy to the charity in your will but many people do.

The charity has responded to almost 50,000 incidents since 1991, using three helicopters based at various points in the region. Each mission costs £2,500. Currently four in ten missions are funded through gifts in wills.

If you decide you want to benefit the charity through your will there are a number of ways to do it. You can, of course, leave a straightforward gift of money. Every donation is thankfully received and helps towards the annual running costs. Alternatively, you may choose to leave a percentage of your estate so that the gift keeps pace with inflation. Any gift to charity is exempt from inheritance tax and if the amount donated is 10% of your estate any tax on the remainder is reduced by 4%. You may also choose to leave a specific item such as a share portfolio or a valuable painting or piece of furniture.

Any legacy however small is appreciated but here are some examples of the costs involved in keeping the service running. A clinician flight suit costs £350

  • A pair of response bags carried by the crew cost £600
  • £2,500 funds one mission
  • A life pack to include a heart monitor, defibrillator and oxygen costs £15,000.

We have joined the scheme to assist our clients and also to enable us to support and promote the work carried out by this vital service. There are many people alive today who have cause to be thankful that the air ambulance exists. None of us knows what the future holds and it could be our turn to use it next. We hope this is never the case but we consider it very important to make sure it is still flying for anyone who needs it. For more information on this fantastic charity you can visit www.midlandsairambulance.com