Will Month - May 2020

Make your Will during May and not only will you get peace of mind, you’ll also be supporting an amazing local charity.

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 Month, in May 2020, take the opportunity to get your affairs in order, gain peace of mind and ensure that your wishes will be carried out.

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 they, and any children, are adequately provided for.
• It can allow you to deal with any necessary tax planning to avoid or reduce in heritance tax.
• It can provide a way for you to continue helping charities and good causes that you support during your lifetime.

Why Will Month?
Will Month is an ideal opportunity for you to make or update your Will, whilst supporting an amazing local charity. We have an even larger group of solicitors taking part in this year’s Will Month by kindly giving up their time and expertise and inviting you to make a donation to St Joseph’s Hospice instead of paying them their usual fee. Every donation we receive helps us to provide our services free of charge to our patients and their loved ones.

The solicitors are giving up their time to support St Joseph's Hospice 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:

£100 - Single Will
£150 - Mirror Will
£50 - Updated Will/Codicil

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 Month…

Contact a solicitor
Contact a solicitor to make your appointment. Appointments are limited so contact a solicitor as soon as you can. Measures are in place at the moment so you do not have to attend the solicitors office - the solicitor will advise you further when you contact them to book.

Prepare for your appointment
Choose at least one executor – people who you trust to ensure all your wishes are carried out when you die. Think about the people (including charities) you wish to benefit, perhaps making a note of their name, address and charity number.

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 so St Joseph’s Hospice but, if you would like to do so, they can include this for you. Remember you will need a second visit to the solicitor to sign your Will.

After you’ve made your Will
We’ll write to you to let you know we have received your donation and to say thank you. If you ask us to we will keep in touch and let you know what’s happening at St Joseph’s Hospice and how every donation makes a difference.

Participating Solicitors:

This year we are partnering with McClures Solicitors, who have offices in Southport and Liverpool. Due to the situation with Covid-19 all appointments will be conducted by telephone appointment or video apppointment over Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp.

To book your appointment, call McClures Solicitors on 0800 852 1999 (Freephone) or email contactus@mcclure-solicitors.co.uk. When booking the appointment, please state that it is part of the St Joseph's Hospice Will Month scheme.

For more information on McClures and our partnership with them for Will Month you can go to their website here

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.

If you have any questions regarding Will Month, please contact us on 0151 932 6044 or email events@jospice.org.uk.