Wills

It can be helpful and reassuring to think about making your Will and drafting a Lasting Power of Attorney. As you explore these areas, it’s a good idea to discuss your plans with those closest to you so that they understand your wishes.

These will take some time to consider and plan, but you, your family and friends will be glad you did.

Making a Will

There are numerous options for writing your Will; you can see a solicitor in person, complete an online Will or buy a Will-making pack from a stationer. Each option has its pros and cons and the cost can greatly vary, depending on how complex your affairs are                                                                    

  • We have a new partnership for free online Wills, provided by will writing service Beyond. Beyond offers a safe and easy service, recommended by Trustpilot. Read more about this service here.          
  • We’re also pleased to work with Jones Whyte LLP who offer an easy Will-writing and Will-review service. An experienced and trusted national firm that prepares and reviews thousands of Wills every year. Find out more about this service here

Jones Whyte LLP has recently acquired McClure Solicitors (which is why you may see both names mentioned).  The original team from McClures is now working for Jones Whyte and the team will still continue to provide the same professional service.


Listed below is some information about Wills and details about leaving a gift to Dorothy House in your Will.

Easy Will writing and Will review

Surveys show that only around half of UK adults have a Will, and of those that do, the majority are outdated.

Having an out-of-date Will can cause needless problems for your family and executors after your death. And, it will almost certainly cost your executors more time, trouble and money to sort out. You can prevent this by revising your Will now.

It’s recommended that a Will should be reviewed at least once every five years. In that time various details may have changed: family births, marriages and deaths, the charities you support, your executors may need updating or you may have won the lottery and done some financial planning!

When reviewing their Will, some of our supporters decide to leave a gift to Dorothy House. A gift to the Hospice will enable us to continue providing outstanding care to those in our community for many years to come. Even 1% of your estate could make a life-changing difference for us.

You can speak to a solicitor to review your own Will. Our estate planning partner, Jones Whyte (incorporating McClure Solicitors), offers a free Will Review consultation – they call this a ‘Safety Check’.

If you don’t yet have a Will Jones Whyte can also help you with this. They will offer the initial consultation for free and their fees are very competitive.

To make an appointment call Jones Whyte (incorporating McClure Solicitors) on Freephone 0800 852 1999, or email at contactus@mcclure-solicitors.co.uk

 

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Free online Will services

We have a partnership with Beyond to offer quick, easy and professional online Will writing services to any of our supporters living in England and Wales.

Beyond’s Will writing service normally costs £90 per Will but it is now available to you for free. A joint Will, between spouses, is also free of charge.

At the beginning of the online Will process, you will be given a code to access the free Will option. It’s a good idea to make a note of this as you won’t be asked again for the code until right at the end. After you’ve answered all the questions, you will be asked to click a ‘payment’ button to take you through to the payment page. We assure you that there is a prompt to enter your free will code and it will be created for free.

Every Will is checked by one of Beyond’s in-house legal experts. Beyond won’t share your details with us, unless you have given them permission, and there is no obligation to leave a gift to Dorothy House.

If you decide you would like to leave a gift in your Will to Dorothy House, your gift will make a huge difference to our ability to continue to provide outstanding end of life care, long into the future.

Lasting Power of Attorney

Every adult in the UK, especially those over the age of 50, should have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA); one for your financial assets and one for your health and welfare. You can choose to have one or the other, or both.

Without a Power of Attorney, should you lose capacity to manage your affairs, someone else will need to apply to the Court of Protection for a Deputyship. This is an expensive and lengthy process which involves the Deputy in extensive paperwork over a drawn-out period. You will need a Deputy to act for you if you don’t have an LPA in place and you lose your capacity. No one wants to burden loved ones with unnecessary complications. Having an LPA avoids this.

If you don’t have any children, it is even more important to appoint someone to be your LPA. People often find that more distant relatives will be reluctant to apply for Deputyship, as it is an onerous task.

An LPA is an insurance policy for you (and your loved ones). You hope that you’ll never need it, but you’ll be very relieved that you do if the unthinkable happens.

Jones Whyte (incorporating McClure Solicitors) believe there are a few factors people will consider when thinking about an LPA Here is what they have to say:

Isn’t it a bother?
We can speak to clients on the telephone or via video call using Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp.

Won’t it cost a lot?
Most Powers of Attorney in the UK cost up to, and in some cases, over £1,000. Jones Whyte (incorporating McClure Solicitors) charges £249 (inc VAT) for the Financial LPA and we include the Welfare LPA free of charge. And even better, Jones Whyte donates £30 of their fee to Dorothy House.

Will I lose all control?
If clients don’t know what an LPA is, then the last thing they want to do is hand over control to someone else even though, in most cases, it’s their children.

We explain that an LPA is a two-stage process.

  1. Agreeing the legal Deed and getting this signed, then,
  2. If and when the time comes, the client gets the LPA registered with the Office of Public Guardian. This does not need to be at the same time, so if they delay this part until they actually need the LPA, the client stays in control.If you would like to chat to someone about LPAs call Jones Whyte on 0800 852 1999 or email contactus@mcclure-solicitors.co.uk

For a complete list of solicitors in your local area, please refer to the following website: https://www.gov.uk/find-a-legal-adviser

You can also visit https://www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney for more information on how to do this yourself. Please just make sure you read everything carefully to ensure the documents are completed and signed correctly.

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Contact us

If you have any questions or you would like some more information, we would love to hear from you.

Please contact Sarah Dodd at Sarah. Dodd@dorothyhouse-hospice.org.uk or call 01225 721480