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Make a Will

1 September - 30 September

Make a Will. Make a difference.

During the month of September, you can get expert legal advice from a local law firm to write or update your Will in exchange for a donation to Farleigh Hospice.

A Will is important, no matter what your age. However over 50% of adults in the UK do not have a valid Will.

As the past year has shown us, life can change very quickly. It is important that your Will is kept up to date to meet any of life’s changes. During September local law firms are generously offering you the opportunity to write or update your Will in return for a donation to Farleigh Hospice.

A simple guide to making your Will

Step 1 - Choose your solicitor

Making an appointment is your first step. Below are details of local solicitors who are generously giving their time in support of our Make a Will month. Contact your chosen solicitor from the list below directly to book your appointment.

Step 2 - Write your Will

Before your appointment, you should prepare a few things:

  • Choose an Executor. This is a person(s) to carry out the wishes of your Will.
  • Choose a Guardian. This is a person(s) who has the legal right and responsibility to take care of your children.
  • Put together a list of assets such as your house, savings, stocks and shares, other items such as a car or jewellery. It may be useful to also look at what you owe – for example the outstanding balance of your mortgage, overdrafts, bank loans and other debts. (This obviously changes over time).
  • Make a list of any specific items that you wish to gift to those special to you. Consider any donations you would like to make to your favourite charity. Ask for advice on minimising inheritance tax by leaving gifts to charities.

There are various ways you can leave gifts:

  • A Residuary gift: this is a gift that can be made once all debts have been paid and any fixed gifts
    given, often a portion of your estate, divided into percentages e.g. 10% of the residue of your estate.
  • A Pecuniary gift: a fixed gift of money e.g. £1000.
  • A Specific Gift – leave something specific like furniture or jewellery.

Step 3 - Make a donation

You can make your donation through the solicitor you use to write your Will. The suggested minimum donation is £100 for a basic Will, and £150 for a pair of mirror Wills.

Participating Solicitors
Bawtrees LLP: Hayley Kinghan T: 01376 513491 A: 65 Newland Street, Witham, CM8 1AB
Birkett Long LLP: Emma Clarke T: 01245 453833 A: Faviell House, 1 Coval Wells, Chelmsford, CM1 1WZ
Bright & Sons Solicitors (Maldon): Katy Hood T: 01376 512338 A: West Square, Maldon, CM9 6HA
Bright & Sons Solicitors (Witham): Katy Hood T: 01376 512338 A: 87-91 Newland Street, Witham, CM8 1AD
Cunningtons LLP: Harriet Bownes T: 01376 567279 A: Great Square, Braintree, CM7 1UD
Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP: Lauren Hancock T: 01245 584530 A: 16 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0DG
Gepp Solicitors: Private Client Department T: 01245 228125 A: 58 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0PA
Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP: Claire Harrison T: 01245 349696 A: Copt House, 73 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6JG
Tees Law: Ian Johnston T: 01245 294272 A: Parkview House, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1NG
Viewpoint Hill & Abbott Solicitors: Bethany Carter T: 01245 258892 A: Burgundy Court, 64-66 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6JY
Backhouse Solicitors Ltd: Claire Macklin T: 01245 893400 A: 71 Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JU

Gifts in Wills

Gifts in Wills are vital to Farleigh Hospice, funding care for approximately one in five of our patients. The gifts in Wills we receive will help to ensure that patients and their families will be able to benefit from the best care and support. By remembering us in your Will, you could make a huge difference for future generations.

For more information contact our Legacy Team on 01245 457411 or by emailing legacies@farleighhospice.org

Donate your services for Make a Will month

If you are a local solicitor who would like to get involved with our 2020 or 2021 Make a Will Campaign, please contact Debbie de Boltz, Fundraising Manager, on 01245 457411 or email debbie.de.boltz@farleighhospice.org.