Bristol law firm raises money for Will Aid

August 04 2014

A BRISTOL law firm, co-run by Redland resident Michael Dickman, has raised more money for Will Aid - a charitable fundraising scheme - than any other law firm throughout the UK in 2013.

By Theresa Roche

A BRISTOL law firm, co-run by Redland resident Michael Dickman, has raised more money for Will Aid - a charitable fundraising scheme - than any other law firm throughout the UK in 2013.
Although Fussell Wright is one of the smallest law practices in Bristol, run Michael and Malcolm Buck from Brislington, an impressive £19,784 was raised during November last year.
The money has been distributed between nine charities including The British Red Cross, Action Aid and Save the Children.
Will Aid invites law firms to write a basic will for a client, to waive their own legal fee and to ask the client to make a donation to Will Aid.
Michael produced wills for 260 people during the Will Aid month, along with his assistant, Fiona Sultana.
He says that achieving the UK's top Will Aid donor, owes as much to the enthusiasm and generosity of his clients as it does to the firm's own hard graft.
"Most of all I want to thank those people who made their wills and made us so successful," he said.
"Some solicitors do not realise that just by doing something pro bono it encourages clients to come back. If they have had a good experience with you, then your firm will be their first point of contact when they need legal work done".
According to Michael, only 4 out of 10 people make a will. He adds that wills are not just about bequeathing property but they are necessary for safeguarding children.
He said: "A will can specify who shall act as the children's guardians if the parents die. Without that legal provision, you would be surprised at how often there are heartbreaking and damaging disputes among relatives over the custody of grandchildren".

Michael Dickman