It’s a great feeling isn’t it when you get a job out of the way that you have been meaning to get around to finishing off. That extra time on your hands means that you can focus on other things, perhaps planning a family holiday or turning your attention to a spot of gardening as the weather slowly improves.
I was glad that “my boys” took the opportunity to take advantage of the Will month campaign here at the Hospice and were able to access a wealth of knowledge which our local Solicitors were able to offer them.
I have worked most of my life in the charity sector, hopefully raising awareness for the need for Legacy giving but more importantly the need to ensure how important it is that every adult should have an up to date Will.
Anyone can write a Will; in theory it does sound like a simple proposition, there are even forms available on line to down load. Very often though, individuals who seek the DIY approach can often create terrible problems for their family after their death. Some mistakes are so simple to make; failure to sign the document in front of witnesses, changing your name through marriage, adopting a child, altering the wording which could result in an invalid codicil, all these changes can impact your Last Will and Testament.
Coping with the loss of a loved one is indeed hard enough but trying to pick your way through the legal minefield after you are gone can leave your family extremely exhausted. I know there are a companies world wide whose sole business revolves around sorting out the validity of DIY Wills, all too often mistakes have been made which prevent the estate from being distributed in accordance with the deceased’s wishes. Appointing a Solicitor, qualified to deal with all matters of probate, regulated by the Law Society and governed by statutes, will make estate distribution so much easier, ensuring that those closest to you are looked after as quickly and as easily as possible.
The Douglas Macmillan Hospice has the support of many local solicitors who not only take part in fundraising events but are also able to support the work I do here at the Hospice through our Will promotions, this year throughout the whole month of May. I am indeed truly grateful to them all for their loyalty and advice to the Hospice and its supporters. I could not run our successful Will campaign without their help.