Support Sunderland hospice in your will

Sylvia Stoneham of St Benedict's Hospice with Solicitor and Partner Dermot Kirkwood of Longden, Walker and Renney  Solicitors in Sunderland, who is running a special Make a Will Week in conjunction with the hospice.
Sylvia Stoneham of St Benedict's Hospice with Solicitor and Partner Dermot Kirkwood of Longden, Walker and Renney Solicitors in Sunderland, who is running a special Make a Will Week in conjunction with the hospice.
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WEARSIDERS can ensure their loved ones are looked after while supporting a hospice.

June is St Benedict’s Hospice Make A Will month and organisers are reminding Wearsiders of the importance of writing a will and keeping it updated.

As part of the campaign, participating solicitors in Sunderland are offering their services for free to St Benedict supporters.

All they ask for in exchange is a donation to the hospice, which provides care to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

This month, people can make a £75 donation for a single will or £100 for a double will, with a further fee potentially being applied for more complex wills.

Sylvia Stoneham, hospice fund-raiser, said: “Writing a will and keeping it up-to-date ensures that your wishes are carried out and that your loved ones are provided for.

“Do you wish your grandchildren to receive a gift? What about your siblings? Who would look after your children if you and your partner weren’t around?

“During Make A Will month, you have the opportunity to provide for your loved ones and put your affairs in order.

“So, if it’s the right time for you to draw up or amend your will, why not take advantage of our Make A Will month while supporting the hospice at the same time?”

The hospice runs the campaign throughout June and November as research reveals most people consider writing a will either before they go on holiday or around Christmas time.

Sylvia added: “You are under no obligation to leave anything in your will to St Benedict’s Hospice.

“However, once your loved ones are provided for, the smallest of legacy gifts means that we too can plan for the future and safeguard the future of the hospice and our patients’ care.”

In November, more than 60 people wrote a will, raising almost £6,000 for the hospice.

For more information or to find out which solicitors are taking part, phone St Benedict’s Hospice fund-raising office on 569 9194.

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WILLS are a vital way of ensuring your belongings are given to who you want.

Dermot Kirkwood, partner at Longden, Walker and Renney Solicitors, which is supporting the campaign, is urging people to snap up this month’s offer, as figures reveal just a third of the UK population have wills.

He said: “Everyone should have a will because if they don’t then they’re relying on what the law says as to who will get their possessions.

“A lot of people think that if they’re married their spouses will get everything but that’s not the case. There is financial limits that have just gone up to £250,000 but there are still some people for whom that won’t cover everything.

“Another thing which is more common these days is people who are living together but are not married.Generally speaking the partner has no automatic right to any personal assets and the only way of guaranteeing that is through a will.”

ONLY a third of adults who die in Britain are covered by a will.

The rest die intestate, leaving the state to share out their assets.

The main reasons for making a will are:

- to prevent family squabbles about who takes what.

- to make gifts to individuals or charities, and to provide for pets.

- to plan the distribution of your estate in order to minimise tax payments.

- to appoint guardians or set up trusts for young children.

- to nominate trustees - someone who looks after money or property left in trust.

- to leave instructions about your funeral or creation.