Wills Month – Raising Awareness and Money for Charity

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Wills Month – Raising Awareness and Money for Charity

Every year in the UK, the legal and charity sector raises awareness of the importance of having a Will by promoting Free Wills Month.

Many Private Client teams will offer to provide their Will-writing services in October in exchange for their clients making a voluntary donation to a charity of their choice.

Our Private Client team, however, supports our local community every month by providing free legal advice at Halton Haven Hospice in Runcorn. This is our way of raising awareness all year round about the importance of having a Will. It is also our way to give back to the community that supports us and means so much to us.

This October, we are taking one step further by continuing our free legal clinic this month and doing even more.

To support Wills Month, we will donate all the fees generated from Will appointments scheduled in our Runcorn Office between Monday the 16th and Friday the 20th of October 2023, to the Halton Haven Hospice.

We still have some appointments available, so, call us on 03444 124348 to book an appointment.

Our Head of Private Client, Jessica Flaherty said “We hope that by contributing to ‘Wills Month’ we can raise money to further support Halton Haven Hospice in addition to our monthly free clinic and that we can offer individuals and families some peace of mind and reassurance through the creation of a Will”.

Our managing partner Mike Leeman also commented saying: “We’re delighted to help support our local community and raise awareness of how important it is to have a Will, despite so many adults in the UK not having one.”

Worrying Wills Statistics

According to a survey released by Canada Life earlier this year of 2,000 UK adults, “one in three (33 per cent) adults who are aged 55 and over do not have a Will in place.

The research found that some did not believe that they had enough assets or wealth to warrant making a Will (24 per cent) and many believed that their loved ones would automatically inherit their wealth regardless (17 per cent). Some believed that they had plenty of time to make one (15 per cent) and another reason for not having a Will, was that they did not know how to write one (14 per cent).

Meanwhile, one in seven (13 per cent) did not want to think or talk about death.”

Why You Should Have a Solicitor Write Your Will

Clients often comment that they hadn’t considered a number of important factors raised at our initial meetings with them to discuss their Will. Using a solicitor to prepare your Will means that all factors will be considered. After all, when you have assets that you’ve worked hard for during your lifetime, why risk your last wishes not being upheld by not seeking professional advice?

About Halton Haven Hospice

Halton Haven Hospice is one of our charities of choice and has provided specialised palliative care to individuals with terminal illnesses from Halton and neighbouring areas since 1981. Their palliative care focuses on supporting patients physically, psychologically, and emotionally to help them maintain their desired quality of life for as long as possible.

The Hospice has a 12-bed In-Patient Unit (IPU) for end-of-life and palliative care, as well as a Day Hospice Clinic that provides treatment, support, assessment, rehabilitation, and therapy for those living with a life-limiting diagnosis. Additionally, their patients, families, and the local community benefit from their Community Cabin, a woodland trail, and extensive gardens.

If you would like to learn more about Halton Haven Hospice you can visit their website here.

Visit Our Legal Clinic

Visit us at our legal clinic on the last Friday of every month from 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Halton Haven Hospice in Runcorn. We provide residents, their families and the local community with free legal advice on Wills, Probate, and Powers of Attorney.

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