IT has been well documented that several high-profile celebrities have died recently without a will – including musicians Avicii, Prince and Amy Winehouse.

However, despite this raising pertinent questions about the estates of some well-known individuals, this has not translated into enough awareness among the general public about why we all need a will.

At Will Aid, the charity willwriting campaign, we recently carried out a survey which revealed that half of adults in the UK do not have this vital piece of paperwork.

This month there are solicitors around the UK offering to produce this document in exchange for a voluntary donation to Will Aid – so there has never been a better time than right now to get your affairs in order.

We want to talk to all the people out there who have avoided confronting the inevitability of death – and urge them to plan ahead to make what will be an awful time for friends and family, that little bit easier.

Will Aid Month happens every November and encourages people to get a professionally written will with the help of a solicitor. Law firms volunteer their time and expertise to write basic wills, waiving their fee, with clients being invited to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid instead.

Donations support the vital work of the nine partner charities – ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, Sightsavers, SCIAF (Scotland) and Trocaire (Northern Ireland).

To find your nearest solicitor or for more information, visit willaid.

Peter de Vena Franks Campaign Director Will Aid The Print House London