THIS March, you could find peace of mind by taking advantage of Free Will Month.
Solicitors across the county are supporting St Margaret’s Hospice Care by waiving their usual fee for writing or updating a basic single or mirror will.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “You can make or update your will during our Free Will Month this March, anyone can make a basic single or mirror will for free, either with one of the local solicitors supporting the campaign or via a new online will writing service.
“To take part visit the St Margaret’s Hospice Care website to access the online will writing service or to find a solicitor near you and contact them directly between March 1 and 31. There are only a limited number of appointments so please contact your preferred solicitor as early as possible and appointments are available in line with current Government guidelines.
“An estimated six in 10 adults in the UK have not made a will stating what they want to happen to their money and property when they die. Dying without a will can mean your assets do not go to the people or causes close to your heart, as well as causing more stress and expense for your loved ones.
“Many people choose to leave a legacy gift to charity in their wills. At St Margaret’s Hospice Care, one in three patients are cared for thanks to gifts in wills. The charity has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for over 40 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to thousands of patients and families facing a life-limiting illness.”
Kat Watts, St Margaret’s Hospice Care Grants and Majors Gifts Manager, added: “We are so grateful to our local partner solicitors and our new online will-writing partner Kwil for enabling our supporters the opportunity to make or update their wills for free. We really hope, at this difficult time, that this offer will help many of our supporters who wish to prepare for the future and to note down their wishes for their future legacy.”
“We receive a large amount of our income each year as a result of gifts which supporters have left us in their wills and are always overwhelmed by people’s generosity. We know that people will want to look after their loved ones first, but many people choose to leave us a gift in their will as a result of taking part.
“If you do choose to support to St Margaret’s in this way, on behalf of our patients, their families and carers, our staff, and volunteers – thank you so much. Your gift makes a huge difference to the thousands of people facing a life limiting illness in Somerset each year.”
The following solicitors are participating in Free Will Month: Chubb Bulleid (Street, Somerton, Wells); QualitySolicitors Gould & Swayne (Glastonbury, Street); Berensens, (Chard); Humphries Kirk (Crewkerne); Broomhead & Saul (Taunton); Taunton Solicitors; Battens (Castle Cary); Gareth Webb (Yeovil); Routh Clarke (Tintinhull, Yeovil).
For more information about Free Will Month visit www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk or call the charity’s Legacy Officer for a discreet and confidential conversation on 01823 365603.