It is estimated that only one third of people in the UK have made a Will. We can never be sure what the future may bring, but what we can do, is ensure that by planning for your family’s future, your family can take comfort in the fact that your wishes are being carried out.
Age UK Suffolk are being supported by ten Suffolk-based solicitors, who are offering a Will making service with a set donation being donated to the charity.
The scheme offers excellent value to people who are looking to make their Will for the first time, or revise their existing Will, with a set donation being paid to the charity, so that you know exactly how much your Will is going to cost you from the outset.
If you are considering making your Will, or perhaps your Will needs updating, the scheme offers both single and mirror Wills, giving individuals and couples the opportunity to choose their solicitor, subject to availability.
Each solicitor has donated a number of Wills free of charge to Age UK Suffolk – the number of Wills available varies between each solicitors practice, so it’s advisable to have a second choice in mind, but all represent excellent value for money and the assurance that yours and your family’s future is protected.
Solicitors taking part in this year scheme are from all across the county, and all participating solicitors are happy to discuss individual requirements, that may be outside the standard single and mirror Will offer.
Appointments are available for booking from January.
Who can help make your Will?
Single Will £95, Mirror Will £150
Christchurch Solicitors, Ipswich - Julie Ferguson – 01473 355160
Goodwin Cowley, Beccles & Lowestoft - Greta Tancred – 01502 712999
Haywards Solicitors, Stowmarket - Louise Goodenough – 01449 613631
Michael Smith & Co, Ipswich - Vicky Hosking –01473 228017
Norton Peskett, Halesworth - Claire Fox – 01986 872513
Watkins, Stewart & Ross, Ipswich - Daniel Ager – 01473 226266
Fairstep Solicitors, Felixstowe - Stephen Broadhurst – 01394 277941
The Solicitors listed below have now filled all of their appointments for Will Month
Blocks Legal, Ipswich
Jackamans Solicitors, Felixstowe
Gross & Co, Bury St Edmunds
Emma Woollard, Partner at Blocks Legal tells us why making a Will is so important:
Richard and Elizabeth are married, they don't have Wills and they both have children from previous marriages.
Richard dies. The intestacy rules say that his first £250,000 goes to Elizabeth and the rest to her and his children jointly. The house is in Richard’s name, worth £350,000, and it ends up having to be sold so Richard’s children can have their inheritance. What a muddle! Solution: make a Will to ensure Elizabeth has somewhere to live and it then goes to his children on her death.
David and Margaret have lived together for 30 years, have never married and they don't have Wills. David dies. Margaret will inherit nothing. Inheritance tax is payable as David's estate is over £325,000. The intestacy rules say that his estate passes to his next-of-kin who turns out to be a second cousin, last heard of heading for Canada 40 years ago. Margaret has no option but to apply to the Court to try and obtain some of the estate so she can keep the house and savings. What a nightmare!
Solution: make a Will naming Margaret as the beneficiary and consider getting married, if only to eliminate the inheritance tax problem!
Stanley has made a Will, he did it himself not wanting to "waste" money on a solicitor to prepare it for him. Stanley loved his animals and was so grateful for the services he had received from Age UK Suffolk that he wanted to include both the charities in his Will his beneficiaries. Unfortunately Stanley had made a mistake with his homemade Will and it was deemed invalid. The charities ended up receiving nothing and Stanley's estranged niece inherited his entire estate. What a shame!
Solution: make a Will with your chosen solicitor through the Age UK Suffolk Will Month and ensure that your estate is left to the organisations or people that matter to you.
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