22 October, 2012
St Catherine's Hospice and Forbes Solicitors are joining together this November to highlight the importance of writing a will.
The hospice's second annual Wills Week runs from November 12 to 18, when Forbes Solicitors will waive their usual will-writing fee, and instead ask people to make a donation to the hospice.
The week comes as new research revealed the number of adults in this country without a will is more than 28m. The figures show 61 per cent of adults in the North West do not have a will in place, compared to a national average of 58 per cent. The report also found that one in 10 adults believe their estate will go to the right people automatically.
Last year Les Latham from Chorley took advantage of Wills Week to draw up his will, following the death of his wife Patricia the previous August. She died aged 66 from lung cancer just three weeks after being diagnosed, without having a will in place. Les, 66, a retired manager at a fork-life truck firm, said: "The experience following my wife's death inspired me to get my own affairs in order. Forbes, who were sorting out the probate, mentioned Wills Week and suggested I might like to take advantage of it. Obviously I needed a will sorting out, and when I heard St Catherine's would be the charity benefiting from it, I was even happier. One of my wife's last wishes was for donations to be made to the hospice in lieu of flowers at her funeral. Over the years we've known several people who have been cared for at the hospice so I know what important work they do."
Les said the will-writing procedure was straight forward and hassle free - and he now has peace of mind the procedure will be easier for his children when he passes away. "I feel relieved knowing things are planned out now," he said. It's good to know they won't have to deal with the same complications when my time comes."
The offer applies to standard wills, mirror wills - two identical wills written for husband and wife - and codicils - changes made to a current will.
Supporters are also invited to remember St Catherine's Hospice by leaving a gift in their will. In 2011/12 the care of one in seven patients at St Catherine's was funded by such donations.
Anyone interested in taking advantage of Wills Week to draw up their will should contact Michelle Whalley, Trusts and Legacy officer at St Catherine's Hospice for an entitlement voucher and information pack. Call her on 01772 629171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.