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We have partnered with Bequeathed, an online will writing provider, to offer you the chance to write your will for free.
As part of the will-making process, you will have a free 30-minute meeting with a solicitor to go through your will and ensure that an online will is right for you.
You are under no obligation to leave a gift to Ashgate Hospice. But every legacy, no matter how large or small, will make a big difference.
A will is a legal document that expresses your wishes of where you would like your money, property and possessions to go when you die. Having a will in place can help to ensure that you are taking care of your loved ones’ needs and your wishes are followed.
Anybody over the age of 18 can make a will. The government recommends that you review your will every five years or sooner if your circumstances have changed. This may include moving house, having children, or getting married, divorced or separated.
When you make a will, you can state who you would like to benefit from your will. You can also state who you’d like to be legally responsible for carrying out your will when you die (known as the executor). You will also have the opportunity to leave a gift to charity if you wish.
Executors are the people you choose to carry out your wishes made in your will after your death. When making your will, your solicitor will ask you who you wish to appoint as executors of your will.
Anyone aged 18 or above can be an executor of your will and they can be a beneficiary. You may choose to appoint your partner, children, or a close friend. It will be helpful if they are good at paperwork and managing legal issues. Be mindful, though, that they will be dealing with a bereavement as well as carrying out the wishes of your will. Make sure you ask them first if they are happy to be your executor because if they say no, you will need to amend your will or make a new will.
You can also appoint a professional, such as a solicitor, bank or accountant, to be an executor of your will instead of or as well as a family member. This is recommended if you have a particularly complex estate because it can be helpful to have someone with specialist knowledge involved. Professionals can charge for this service, a fee which is often deducted from your estate after you die or written into your will as a percentage.
You may choose up to four executors, but they must act jointly so it’s often more practical to appoint fewer than four. It’s a good idea to choose two executors in case one of them dies before you do.
If you don’t have anybody to appoint as your executor, there’s a government official called the Public Trustee who will be your executor. Find out more about Public Trustees.
You don’t need to leave a gift in your will to Ashgate Hospice or any other charity. However, your solicitor may ask you whether you wish to leave a gift to charity when you are making your will.
If you do choose to leave a gift in your will to Ashgate Hospice, it will help to ensure that people across North Derbyshire with a life-limiting illness, and their families, can receive specialist care when it matters the most. In fact, 1 in 5 of our patients are cared for thanks to gifts in wills. Every gift, no matter how big or small, will make a difference.
Ashgate Hospice cannot provide you with any legal advice relating to your will. However, we do have information available so that you will know what to expect when making your will and we can recommend local solicitors. If you would like to ask us any questions, please contact our Fundraising Team on 01246 567250 or email email@example.com.
If you choose to make your will with a solicitor, a simple will may cost you around £150. If you have more complex needs, such as if you have been divorced and have children, it can cost up to £300. If you require a more specialist will, for example, if you have trusts or overseas properties, or you want tax planning advice, you may pay up to £600. Creating a ‘mirror will’ can save you money if you and your partner wish to make essentially the same (mirror) wills.
Going to a solicitor to write your will is the most expensive option. However, they will ensure that your will is correct and legal, giving you the greatest peace of mind, especially if your affairs are complex.
Some people with simple will-writing needs choose to write their will themselves or they may use a DIY will-writing template. This can save on initial costs, but in the event that some details are not correct, or the will has not been made in a legally binding way, it could be contested later. This puts greater stress on your friends and family.
If you have simple will-writing needs, you may choose to make your will online. We have partnered with a trusted will-writing company, Bequeathed, to help you write your will online completely free of charge. Making a will online means you don’t have to see a solicitor face-to-face and an expert from Bequeathed will check your will for any obvious errors before it is finalised. Unlike meeting with a solicitor, when you make your will online you will be responsible for printing your will, getting it signed by two witnesses, and storing it safely. You will also be responsible for ensuring that all the details within the will are correct. If your needs are beyond that of an online will, Bequeathed will direct you towards a solicitor to complete your will for a fee. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01246 567250 to ask about online wills.
You do not need to tell anybody the wishes of your will. However, if you wish to let us know that you have left a gift to Ashgate Hospice, it will give us the opportunity to thank you personally for choosing to leave a gift.
Once you have made your will, you will need to leave it with your solicitor, bank, in a safe place at home or with the Probate Service. You must let your executors know where your will is kept. You do not need to share your will with Ashgate Hospice or anyone else other than your executors.
It is not advisable to make changes to your will yourself as this may invalidate it. If you wish to update your will, contact your solicitor. You can either make a new will or in some cases alterations can be made with a document called a codicil, which can be prepared by a solicitor. Some solicitors offer a free will review and can advise you on the best way to update your will. More information on making a will.