Wills

It can be helpful and reassuring to think about your Will and appointing 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

Today there are numerous options available to you 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 through Beyond. Beyond offers a safe and easy service, highly recommended by Trustpilot. Read more about this service here.          
  • We’re also pleased work with McClure Solicitors who offer a free and easy Will-writing and Will-review service. They are an experienced and trusted national firm that prepares and reviews thousands of Wills every single year. Find out more about this opportunity here

Listed on the left you will find several pages of information about Wills and information on leaving a gift to Dorothy House. 

Free Will writing and Will review

You have a fairly up-to-date Will, don’t you? I ask because most surveys show that barely half of UK adults have a Will, and of those that do, the majority are outdated!

Having an out-of-date Will can cause needless problems for your family and executors after your death.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, which can be prevented by revising it now.

It’s recommended that a Will should be reviewed at least once every 5 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 have decided to leave a gift to Dorothy House. Once you’ve taken care of your family and friends, a gift to our 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.

Why not speak to a Solicitor to review your own situation? Our estate planning partner, McClure Solicitors, offer a FREE Will Review consultation – they call this a ‘Safety Check’!

And in case you’re reading this and you don’t have a Will yet, don’t worry. McClure will write your Will for free if you are a Dorothy House supporter. All they ask is that you consider giving a donation to the Hospice.

Don’t leave your Will review until tomorrow- you’ll forget. Let us help you tick one resolution off your list; arrange for a review of your Will today. To make your appointment call McClure Solicitors on Freephone 0800 852 1999, or by email at contactus@mcclure-solicitors.co.uk

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Free online Will service

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 all Dorothy House supporters 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. Upon completing all the necessary questions, you will be asked to click a ‘payment’ button to take you through to the payment page, but we assure you, you will next prompted to enter the free Will code, and your Will will be created for free.

Every Will is checked by one of Beyond’s in-house legal experts. Their clever interactive service making writing an online Will so simple.

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 do 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

“I don’t need any help.”

Most of us are guilty of saying this until something happens and we realise, often too late, that in fact we need a voice when we can no longer speak for ourselves.

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 a very 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.

A Lasting Power of Attorney 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.

Our friends at McClure Solicitors believe there are a few factors people will consider when thinking about a Power of Attorney. Here is what they have to say:

Isn’t it a bother?
Previous to the coronavirus pandemic, the process would involve making an appointment, gathering up any documents, travelling to a McClure office or Charity Will Clinic – but today…

Solution = Clients still need to make a call but from the comfort of their home – they don’t even need to leave the house! We will speak to them on the telephone or, in this new age we live in, via video call using Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp

Won’t it cost a lot?
“Do I really need to spend all that money now? No, it can wait.” Most clients probably don’t even know how much it will cost, but they assume it will be a lot. And they would be right if they weren’t using our Special Price Power of Attorney

Solution = Most Power of Attorneys in the UK will cost up to and in some cases over £1000. McClure will only charge £249 (inc VAT) for the Financial POA and we include the Welfare POA, free of charge. And even better, McClure lets clients know that we pay to your charity £30 of our fee as a Firm donation.

 

Will I lose all control?
If clients don’t know what a Power of Attorney 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.

Solution = We explain that Power of Attorney 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 it 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 POA, the client stays in control.

 

If you would like to chat to someone about Lasting Powers call McClure Solicitors 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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