Jackson Barrett & Gass are proud to announce their support of the first ever East Cheshire Hospice Will Week. Between 19th-23rd April, Jackson Barrett & Gass will offer their time without charging their fee to write standard Wills. Anyone having their Will written during this week will be given the opportunity by the solicitor to make a donation to the hospice.
As a registered charity, all their services are completely free. However, the Hospice receives less than 23% of its costs from government and so has to fundraise nearly £6,000 every single day of the year simply to maintain the current provision. Gifts from Wills (legacies) provide around 20% of the hospice’s running costs.
Research has suggested that 7 out of 10 people do not have a will. In their most basic form Wills are recommended so that you can choose how your property whether it be a house, cash or possessions is distributed upon death.
If you die without a Will (“intEstate”), the law will dictate who amongst your relatives receives what, which may mean relatives you do not like or have not seen for years.
There is a common misapprehension that a will is not essential for husband and wife as a surviving Spouse will receive the whole of the deceased’s Spouse’s Estate, but this is incorrect. The surviving Spouse will in certain circumstances only receive very limited benefits and unmarried partners do not currently even benefit in this way.
Sean Barrow of Jackson Barrett & Gass said “When the hospice asked if we would like to get involved and support this initiative by writing some Wills free of charge, we thought it was a great idea. The hospice is such a worthy and essential part of our community and having an up-to-date Will is important for everyone so we hope as many people take part.”
The hospice’s Major Relationships Manager, Fiona Reed said “This is a great way to get something really important done. We are very grateful to all the Solicitors who are providing their services free of their charges. Many people put off having a Will written time and again. I really hope this special week motivates anyone who doesn’t have an up-to-date Will to take part.”