Gold Coast lawyer Maria Pallagi will donate her time at the Red Cross Wills Day in Coolangatta on November 11.
Gold Coast lawyer Maria Pallagi will donate her time at the Red Cross Wills Day in Coolangatta on November 11.

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A GOLD Coast lawyer will be on hand in Coolangatta tomorrow to offer a will service to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross.

Southport-trained trainee lawyer Maria Pallagi will donate her time at the Red Cross Wills Day to help residents make a will or ask questions about the process.

Red Cross donor relations co- ordinator Kathy Smythe said the Red Cross started the day for awareness, as many people did not realise how important it was to have a will.

“People are sometimes scared of making a will because they think it is planning for the end, but it’s like wearing a seatbelt – you don’t put it on because you are going to crash the car, it’s just a safety precaution,” Ms Smythe said.

She said the Wills Day initiative began 10 years ago when the Red Cross helped a Gold Coast family.

“The father died with no will and the family had to deal with their grief as well as the devastation of all the problems of not having a will. People do not realise that funds and assets will be frozen if no will exists.”

Ms Pallagi said she had worked at Quinn and Scattini Lawyers for 11 months after graduating from Bond University last year.

She said people with no will or a will not done properly could cause more grief for their family.

“A lot of people buy at-home will kits because they seem easy, but they are not always the best idea,” Ms Pallagi said.

The Wills Day will be at the United Church Hall on the corner of Lanham and McLean Streets, today from noon to 5pm (DST).

The cost will be $60 per person with all money raised donated to the Red Cross. Bookings are essential. Phone Kathy on (07) 5539 7033.



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