People in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire who are thinking about making a will are being urged to remember to show their support to charities.

Law firm Else Solicitors, in First Avenue, Burton, is joining forces with more than 1,000 professional advisors and more than 180 member charities, including the NSPCC, Cancer Research UK and the RSPCA, to raise awareness of the benefits of leaving a gift in a will to charities.

It is part Remember a Charity in Your Will week which is being held across the UK from Monday, September 11 until Sunday, September 17.

The firm said that many charities receive a large proportion of their income from legacies left to them in wills. With funding cutbacks, some of these organisations are dependent on these gifts to continue operating and helping others.

In addition to knowing that charities will be supported after death, bosses said there is a financial benefit. Any gifts left to charity are free from inheritance tax and so reduce the taxable part of the estate. Also, anyone who leaves 10 per cent or more of their estate to charity will find that anything else that is still subject to inheritance tax is taxed at 36 per cent rather than the usual 40 per cent.

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Kathryn Caple, head of wills and probate at Else Solicitors, said: "I meet many clients who regularly support one or more charities. In some cases, they have done so for most of their life, especially when the charity is close to them. Remembering a charity in your will is a good way to continue supporting charities close to you after you have passed away."

Managing partner Chris Else said: "Our core values include supporting the community - a role which charities fulfil admirably. Else Solicitors is delighted to be involved with this initiative to help ensure that these charities are there for future generations."

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