No one knows what the future holds and our circumstances change throughout our lives. There’s always a good reason to make or update a Will, but only a third of adults who die in Britain are covered by a Will. This Will Week, take the opportunity to get your affairs in order, gain peace of mind and ensure that your wishes will be carried out.
Monday 11th – Friday 15th March
Why make a Will?
• It ensures that you can decide what happens to your personal possessions
• It can prevent disagreement about who inherits what from your estate
• If you live with a partner but you’re not married, you can ensure that your partner and any children are adequately provided for
• It can allow you to deal with any necessary tax planning to avoid or reduce inheritance tax
• It can provide a way for you to continue helping the charities/good causes that you support during your lifetime
Why Will Week?
Will Week is an ideal opportunity for you to make or update your Will, whilst supporting an amazing local charity. We have lots of local solicitors who are taking part, kindly giving up their time and inviting you to make a donation to St Ann’s instead of paying them their usual fee. Every donation helps us to continue providing our services, free of charge, to local patients and their loved ones.
This opportunity is only available once a year, so please book your appointment early to avoid disappointment.
It’s easy to make or update your Will during Will Week . . .
Contact us for your Will Week pack.
Please get in touch on 0161 498 3631 or email@example.com. We’ll send you a pack, which includes a list of participating solicitors in your local area.
Choose your solicitor
Contact your chosen solicitor to make your appointment. Appointments are limited so please contact us if you need details of other participating solicitors near to you. If you’re unable to get to a solicitor’s office, please ask them if they have any alternative options.
Prepare for your appointment
• Choose at least one executor – people you trust to ensure all your wishes are carried out when you die
• Think about the people (including any charities) you wish to benefit, perhaps making a note of their names and addresses
Turn your wishes into a Will
Your solicitor will draft your Will or any amendments to an existing Will. There is no obligation to leave a gift in your Will to St Ann’s, but if you would like to do so, they can include this for you. Remember, you’ll need a second visit to the solicitor to sign your Will.
Help St Ann’s
Contained in your Will Week pack is a donation envelope. Please complete your details and add your donation, seal the envelope and give it to your solicitor at your appointment. They’ll pass your donation directly to us. The solicitors are giving up their time to support St Ann’s, and they would like you to give a donation equal to their normal charges for making a Will. This does vary, so here are our suggested donation amounts:
• £95 – Single Will • £150 – Mirror Will • £50 – Updated Will / Codicil
After you’ve made your Will
We’ll write to you to let you know we’ve received your donation and to say thank you. If you ask us to, we’ll keep in touch and let you know what’s happening at St Ann’s and how every donation makes a difference.
Frequently asked questions about Wills:
Who should make a Will?
Everyone should have a Will, but certain people are more in need of a Will than others, for example couples who are cohabiting, families with minor children or step children and those with large estates.
What is an Executor?
Executors are people chosen by you to deal with your estate after your death. They’ll collect in your assets, pay your liabilities and distribute the estate according to the terms of your Will.
What is a Mirror Will?
This is when you and your spouse or partner make Wills which contain the same provisions.
Can I change my Will?
Yes, you can update your Will at any time. You can either make a new one or add a Codicil which will be kept with the original Will.
I’d been putting off changing my Will, like most people it just wasn’t something I wanted to think about. I had already made one, but after some changes in my family circumstances, I needed to update it. Seeing the leaflets for the St Ann’s Will Week prompted me to take part – it allowed me to make the changes I needed whilst supporting St Ann’s with a donation. I’ve been a volunteer at St Ann’s since 2004, when my Mum sadly died there. Volunteering allows me to give something back and say thank you for the care she received, and taking part in Will Week was another way for me to support the hospice. I saw a solicitor who was local to me, they were really good and it was an easy process. To anyone who hasn’t made or recently updated their Will, I’d say you’ve got to think about these things. It’s not for you, it’s for those who you leave behind so you don’t leave them in a mess. It’s easy to let years go by, but it really is something everyone needs to think about. Margaret Poole, Volunteer