St Luke’s Make a Will Week
It’s straightforward to do, helps protect your loved ones after you die and ensures your estate is dealt with in the way you choose, yet many of us put off making our will.
With this in mind, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth is encouraging people to take advantage of its Make a Will Week (9 – 15 May), when community-spirited local solicitors are giving their time free of charge to create or update wills in return for a donation to the much-loved local charity. The funds this raises help the hospice continue its vital service for families across Plymouth and surrounding areas.
Having a will can help bring you peace of mind, knowing that when you die your wishes will be carried out. It is also an act of kindness for the loved ones you will leave behind because having a record of your wishes will make an already distressing time for them that little bit easier. A will also avoids everything you own being shared out in a standard way defined by law, which might not be what you want.
Making a will is especially important if you have children or other family who depend on you financially, or if you want to leave a gift to others you care about.
The companies taking part in Make a Will Week include Guardian Angel, Farewill, GA Solicitors, Fursdon Knapper Solicitors, Woolcombe Yonge Solicitors, SWLaw Solicitors, Roper James Solicitors and Start Point Law in Kingsbridge.
Speaking about the event, St Luke’s Head of Fundraising Penny Hannah said: “Our Make a Will Week is an ideal opportunity to make or update your will, especially if your marital status has changed, you have bought a house or recently added to your family.
“People often forget that it is not always about sorting out the financial aspects. A will ensures your final wishes are clear. Your possessions and property are going to the right place, and the family and children you leave behind will be looked after.”
Creating or updating your will is also a time when you might choose to leave a legacy to a cause close to your heart. For St Luke’s, it is the funds the charity receives through legacies that help the hospice plan for the future so that no-one in the local area who has a terminal illness need miss out on high-quality care at the end of their lives.
“Leaving a legacy to St Luke’s is a compassionate gesture that helps future generations and makes more of a difference to our patients and their families than you will ever know.”
To create or update your will, simply contact one of the solicitors taking part to make an appointment between 9 and 15 May, quoting ‘St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth Make a Will Week’.
A full list of participating solicitors can be found here!