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How Making a Will can Help Charities

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‘Make a Will, Make a Difference’

It’s all too easy to put off making a Will and it’s something nearly 70% of us forget or put off doing, but it really is essential if you want your last wishes to be carried out.

What better time to consider making a simple Will than this November when you can help a worthwhile charity at the same time.

Will Month

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is a charity close to the heart of many of us and for the past few years Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers have supported the Hospice’s ‘Make a Will’ event, when solicitors give their time for free and ask clients to simply make a donation to the hospice instead.

Throughout November solicitors in Oldham will be giving their time up to help the Hospice.  Zoe Johnson, Will, Trust and Probate solicitor at Pearson Solicitor is just one local lawyer proud to be supporting the charity.

“The work done at the Hospice and the help they give people across the borough is amazing. I am humbled every time I come across the stories of support and kindness from their staff every day of the year and so it’s an honour to be taking part in Will Month and hope people will support it,” said Zoe.

“Making a Will is a vital way to provide for the people you leave behind, without a Will you do not have that final say and it’s a way to make things easier for your loved ones in such an emotional time,” she added.  “It’s also a great way to encourage people to think about their estate and help a deserving charity at the same time.”

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice Community Engagement Team Leader, Lillie Winterbottom, added:

"Throughout November solicitors are offering to help you write your Will, giving their expertise completely free of charge, asking instead that you make a difference towards patient care at our Hospice.

All you have to do is look at the list of solicitors who have partnered with us on our website, contact your chosen solicitor to make an appointment in November, mentioning Dr Kershaw’s Will Month and then make a donation to the Hospice directly with your solicitor.”

Making a simple Will with one of the Hospice’s supporting solicitors is free of charge, however, to support patient care there is a suggested minimum donation of £75 for a single Will, £100 for a Mirror Will, and £50 for a Codicil, making a Will during Dr Kershaw’s Will Month so much more affordable.

However, if there is a more complex requirement there may also be additional fees.

Future planning sessions at Maggies

The charitable involvement of Pearson Solicitors Will, Trusts and Probate team does not end there however, on a monthly basis Zoe volunteers at Maggie’s Cancer Care in Oldham as part of a futureproof your family care plan, which as well as Wills looks at Lasting Powers of Attorney, Inheritance tax planning and gives an hour of free advice on future planning.

The aim is to give assurance and help on all aspects of planning for cancer patients and their families.

“Basically people can come with their friends, families or loved ones and have a cup of coffee and it’s a way of getting peace of mind and control over one aspect of their lives,” said Trish Morgan, Maggie’s Oldham Centre Head.

“Our aim here is to provide a holistic service for visitors to Maggie’s and their loved ones.  It’s a real wrap around plan to help people relax and know that whatever happens they and their families are taken care of,” said Zoe Johnson.

“Cancer can have a devastating effect on families and I really want to be able to sit down with people and reassure them that a few simple planning options might be available to them that makes all the difference."

Centre Head, Trish added: “We’re hugely grateful to the team at Pearson Solicitors for so generously offering their time and expertise to support our visitors in this way.  We know it is appreciated and makes the biggest difference to the people that walk through our doors here each day.”

For advice on Making a Will and helping Dr Kershaw’s Hospice or for further information on our Maggie's session please call Pearson Solicitors on 0161 785 3500 or email enquiries@pearsonlegal.co.uk

Please note that the information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by Pearson Solicitors and Financial Advisers Ltd or any of its members or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

Written by Zoe Johnson

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