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Eight out of 10 Italians considered writing a will a taboo

Group of non-profits urge pre-organized philanthropic giving

Eight out of 10 Italians considered writing a will a taboo

Rome, June 5 - The fear of death and the possibility of causing family rivalries are two of the main reasons that eight out of 10 Italians have never considered making a will, a survey by Gfk Eurisko market research agency reported Wednesday. Compiled together with Testemento Solidale, a non-profit campaign encouraging Italians to think ahead of where they would like to leave their money, the survey showed that of 1,500 people over 55 years old interviewed, a further six out of 10 said they had no intention of putting pen to paper and writing out a will. However, another 21% of those asked said that they would "think about it". Only 1.8% of Italians, approximately 1.5 million people, have already written their will, while another 5% said that they intended to do so and 6% said they were still uncertain if they would. These numbers are low compared to other countries like the UK where 80% have ironed out the details of their wills, and the United States where 50% have done so. Of those interviewed, 45% said that they had not heard that it was possible to donate to a non-profit, charity or NGO through their will and believed it was reserved for the "wealthy". The campaign, backed by seven important non-profit organizations - Actionaid, Ail, Aism, Don Gnocchi Foundation, Lega del Filo d'Oro, Save the Children, Unicef - in cooperation with the National Notary Society is focused on promoting the culture of philanthropy through wills.

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