St Margaret’s Hospice Care is teaming up with local solicitors to offer the chance to make or update your will for free.

An estimated six in 10 adults in the UK haven’t 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 don’t go to the people or causes close to your heart, as well as causing more stress and expense for your loved ones.

This March, if you or your partner are aged 55 or over, you could find peace of mind by taking advantage of the charity’s Free Will Month. Solicitors across the county are supporting St Margaret’s Hospice Care by generously waiving their usual fee for writing or updating a basic single or mirror will.

All you need to do is book an appointment with one of the participating solicitors between Monday, March 2, and Tuesday, March 31. It follows the popularity of last year’s campaign, when more than 100 people or couples took the opportunity to make or update their will.

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 40 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to thousands of patients and families facing a life-limiting illness.

Min Perkins, who took part in Free Will Month last year, said,

“I found it really positive and useful on a number of levels. It’s useful for you because you know that it’s done. You’ve made your decisions and have cleared your mind. It’s useful for your family so that they know what your wishes are.

“And by giving a gift to charity, it will help others too. You feel really good when you’ve done it. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending you book an appointment.”

By taking part in Free Will Month you are under no obligation to leave a gift or make a donation to the hospice. However, last year people chose to leave St Margaret’s a share of their estate or make pledges worth an estimated £27,300 in wills written during Free Will Month, with a further £3,110 in gifts in lieu of solicitors’ fees.

Appointments are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. They can take place at any time, as long as they are booked in March.

The following solicitors are participating in Free Will Month: Alletsons, Bridgwater; Amicus Law, Martock; Battens Solicitors, Yeovil, Sherborne and Castle Cary; Berensens, Chard; Broomhead & Saul, Taunton and Ilminster; Chubb Bulleid, Somerton, Wells and Street; Clarke Willmott LLP, Taunton; Holley & Steer, Burnham-on-Sea; Maitland Walker, Taunton; Routh Clarke, Yeovil; Taunton Solicitors, Taunton; Thorne Segar, Minehead; QualitySolicitors Gould & Swayne, Street and Glastonbury.


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