Northern Ireland

Law firm sees rise in young people enquiring about making a will during pandemic

Anne Wilson, Associate Solicitor at McKees
Anne Wilson, Associate Solicitor at McKees

A Belfast law firm has seen a sharp rise in the number of people under 40 who have enquired about making a will since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

McKees said there had been a marked increase in will enquiries from people aged between 25 and 40 since the start of March.

The firm is taking part in charity drive Will Aid for the 11th year. Instead of paying a fee to make a basic will, clients are asked to make a charity donation.

Anne Wilson, from McKees said only a fifth of people in Northern Ireland have made a will.

"It’s an incredibly sensitive area and people just don’t feel comfortable having the conversation with their loved ones," she said.

"However, since March, we have helped an increasing number of people get their affairs in order, and in fact since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen an increase in those aged 25 – 40 making a will."

The firm has suggested a £100 donation for a basic single will and £180 for a pair of mirror wills. Donations will support nine partner charities including Trocaire, Save the Children and Christian Aid.

If you would like to make a will as part of Will Aid, please contact Anne Wilson at McKees by calling 028 9023 2303 or email