Wodonga Salvation Army holds wills day

Willing to help: Wodonga Salvo's captain Russell Anderson is encouraging people to attend a Community Wills Day to help people get their wills in order. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Willing to help: Wodonga Salvo's captain Russell Anderson is encouraging people to attend a Community Wills Day to help people get their wills in order. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

The Wodonga Salvation Army is paving a way for those without a will by offering discounted legal help.

A Community Wills Day will be held on October 27 to encourage residents to get their affairs in order with the professional help and guidance of volunteer solicitors.

People will have the opportunity to either write or update their will.

It is the second time the Wodonga branch has held the event, which won't come again for at least another three years.

Three session times will be held during the day allowing for about 70 people to take advantage of the service.

Wodonga Salvation Army captain Russell Anderson said the first one booked out quickly.

“It's about providing an opportunity for those in the community who can't get a will done because the cost is too exorbitant,” he said.

“It is important for people to have their wishes met for when they pass on.

“Last time we ran it we received quite a few comments from people who said it had been weighing on their mind for some time.

“And we are the only agency that does it locally, so these opportunities don't come along very often.”

It can cost in excess of $200 do have a will drawn up with a solicitor, but with the help of the Salvos people will pay $70 for a single will or $120 for a couple.

Money raised on the day will go back into the community to help struggling families with clothing, bills and household items.

Hume Riverina Community Legal Service's NSW outreach Lawyer Karen Bowley said often the language and paperwork is a lot more complicated than people realise.

“Some people try to write their wills themselves or buy a will kit and often the language is very old fashioned and people don't understand it,” she said.

“If there is a part of your estate that can’t be left to anyone - it can make the whole will invalid.

“Going through it with a professional is the best way to do it.”

Although it isn't included in the day, Ms Bowley also recommended people update their power of attorney and enduring guardianship documents which take care of matters when people are alive but can’t make decisions for themselves.

Instruction sheets will be sent out prior to the event which will need to be filled out and brought on the day.

Solicitors will then prepare the documents at their offices and contact clients to have them signed and witnessed.

Sessions will run at 210 Lawrence Street for up to three hours with times starting at 9.20am, 1.30pm and 5.30pm.

To book a place with a solicitor contact Melinda on (03) 8878 2377.