Make a Will Week 2020

  • Date:

    2nd March 2020 - 6th March 2020

  • Summary:

    Have you been meaning to make a Will but keep finding a reason to put it off? Then why not take advantage of our Make a Will Week taking place between 2nd-6th March 2020.


  • Have you been too busy to write your Will?


    Have you been meaning to make a Will but keep finding a reason to put it off? Then why not take advantage of our Make a Will Week taking place between 2nd-6th March 2020. Appointments are limited and given on a first come, first served basis.

    A number of reputable local solicitors will be giving their time free of charge to write or update basic Wills for Myton supporters, in return for a donation to The Myton Hospices.

    Did you know it can cost anywhere between £120 - £250 to write a single Will and even more for a mirror Will. All donations are gratefully received.

    Writing a Will is the only way to be sure your wishes are followed after your death and that the people and causes you care about are still supported when you are no longer here.

     

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    Why is it so important to have a Will?


    We spend our lives working to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. You may have a house or flat, shares, savings, investments as well as your personal and digital possessions. All of these assets are your ‘estate’. Making a Will ensures that when you die your estate is shared according to your wishes. Everyone should have a Will, but it is even more important if you have children, you own property or have savings, investments, insurance policies or you own a business.

    Nearly half of married adults do not have a Will and some think a homemade Will is sufficient. Trying to make your own Will, without legal assistance, can lead to mistakes or lack of clarity and could mean that your Will is invalid. If you have a number of beneficiaries and your finances are complicated, it is even more important that you get a professionally trained solicitor to create your Will. This makes it easier for those you leave behind.

    If you die without a valid Will, you have no say in what happens to your estate. Instead, the ‘Rules of Intestacy’ will divide your estate in a pre-determined way and this may not be to people who you wished to benefit. It also may not be carried out in the most tax-efficient way. If you live with someone, even if you are married, are in a civil partnership or have step-children, they may not automatically inherit your estate.

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    When Karen was diagnosed with a brain tumour, her husband Adrian and daughter Elizabeth became her carers as her health deteriorated.

    They got a specialist bed for Karen to keep her comfortable and safe at home and district nurses visited regularly. But after several weeks it was suggested that taking Karen to Coventry Myton Hospice could help relieve the pressure on the family. Although Adrian and Elizabeth were initially worried by the idea, Karen soon settled in to Myton and was still able to make them laugh during those precious final moments as a family.

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  • What does Make a Will Week involve?


    During the week of 2nd-6th March 2020 we team up with local solicitors who have kindly agreed to give their basic Will writing services free of charge, in return for a donation to Myton.

    Appointments are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis and you will be asked to make your donation during your appointment using a donation envelope supplied to you by the solicitor.

     

    How do I donate and how much should I donate?


    You will be asked to make your donation during your first appointment and will be supplied a donation envelope.

    Please make cheques payable to ‘The Myton Hospices’. If you’d like to make a donation via credit or debit card please call us on 01926 838 830 to make a payment over the phone.

    How much you donate is up to you but did you know it currently costs around £120 - £250 to have a Will written by a solicitor?

    Every penny you donate will help us ensure we can continue to provide our specialist care free of charge to everyone that needs us. For example by donating £162 you could fund 10 children’s bereavement counselling sessions, or by giving £106 you could pay for one of our Myton at Home nurses to visit a patient at home – you really will make a difference, so thank you.

     

    Why make a Will?


    We spend our lives working to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. You may have a house or flat, shares, savings, investments as well as your personal and digital possessions. All of these assets are your 'estate'. Making a Will ensures that when you die your estate is shared according to your wishes.

    Everyone should have a Will, but it is even more important if you have children, you own property or have savings, investments, insurance policies or you own a business.

    • Nearly half of married adults do not have a Will and some think a homemade Will is sufficient. Trying to make your own Will, without legal assistance, can lead to mistakes or lack of clarity and could mean that your Will is invalid. If you have a number of beneficiaries and your finances are complicated, it is even more important that you get a professionally trained solicitor to create your Will. This makes it easier for those you leave behind.

    • If you die without a valid Will, you have no say in what happens to your estate. Instead, the 'Rules of Intestacy' will divide your estate in a pre-determined way and this may not be to people who you wished to benefit. It also may not be carried out in the most tax-efficient way. If you live with someone, even if you are married, are in a civil partnership or have step-children, they may not automatically inherit your estate.

    • If your circumstances have recently changed for example, just married, had a baby, moved house or gone through a divorce, it is a good time to think about making or altering your Will.


     

    I’m away during Make a Will Week, can I still take part?


    The solicitors have kindly agreed to give up their time during the week of 2nd-6th March 2020 and there are no guarantees that they would be able to accommodate appointments outside of these dates. Some are willing in exceptional circumstances so please do check.

     

    Do I need to remember Myton in my Will to take part?


    There is no obligation to remember The Myton Hospices in the Will you make although we are extremely grateful for any support you may choose to give us.

    You may be interested to find out that around one in four of our patients are cared for with money left to us by someone in their Will. By leaving us a gift, no matter how small, you would be doing something amazing – something which costs you nothing now, but which will make a huge difference to local people in Coventry and Warwickshire in the future.

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