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Make a Will Month: 1st - 30th April

How to make your will for FREE

Do you need to make or update your will? Planning for your future now will ensure that your loved ones will be taken care of.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with BRM Solicitors this April to offer FREE wills.

BRM are offering individuals and couples the opportunity to make a simple will for free throughout April, in return for a suggested donation to Ashgate Hospice. 

Having a will in place means that you can decide what happens to your property and possessions when you die.

Once your loved ones are taken care of, please consider leaving a gift in your will to Ashgate Hospice to help ensure that patients and families across North Derbyshire will be able to access our compassionate, specialist care when they need it.

 

 

 

Any gift, no matter how large or small, will make a huge difference.In fact, 1 in 5 of our patients are cared for thanks to gifts left in wills.

To book an appointment please call 01246 555111 or visit www.brm.law/ashgate 

In-person appointments are available at the BRM Chesterfield office: Gray Court, 99 Saltergate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 1LD 

BRM can also offer initial appointments via telephone, Teams or Zoom video calls, but you would ideally need to come in to the office to sign and collect your will. 

Five myth busting facts about will writing 

The truth behind common misconceptions: 

1. I already have a will I don’t need a new one.  

Even if you have already created a will, it is useful to keep it under a periodical review. This is especially true as your circumstances change, for example you get married, divorced, or move house. This is to make sure that it still matches your personal circumstances and wishes. 

2. Making a will is complicated.   

Making a will does not have to be a complicated process. Once the process starts, people find it is not complicated at all. The process usually starts with a chat about your circumstances and wishes. The solicitors then do the hard work, drafting a will for you to sign.  

3. I do not need to make a will because I’m married, everything will go to my partner. 

For some people this is true, but not for everyone.  

If you die without a will, then your estate will be distributed to surviving relatives in a set order of priority. 

How much you are worth and whether you have children are factors that will also affect the process. 

4. If I were to die, my parents would automatically gain custody of my children. 

If a guardian is not appointed and there is no surviving parent with parental responsibility, then the Court decides who to appoint as guardian. You can choose who you would wish to be guardian of your children under the terms of your will. 

5. My children are the beneficiaries of my estate which means they can’t act as my executors.  

Your executors are responsible for dealing with your estate on death. Even if your children are the beneficiaries of your estate, there is no rule against them acting as your executors. 

A special thank you to BRM Solicitors for supporting 'Make a Will Month' this April.

Frequently asked questions

Make a will
What is a will?

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.  

How old do I need to be to make a will?

Anybody over the age of 18 can make a will. The government recommend that you review your will every five years or sooner if your circumstances have changed. This may include moving house, or getting married, divorced or separated. 

What is included in a will?

When you make a will, you can state who you would like to benefit from your will and 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. 

Do I need to leave a gift to Ashgate Hospice?

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 Ashgate Hospice patients are cared for thanks to gifts in wills. Ashgate Hospicecare would be grateful for any gift left to them, no matter how big or small. 

Can Ashgate Hospice provide me with legal advice?

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. To receive this information or to ask any questions, please contact our Fundraising Team on 01246 567250 or email mywill@ashgatehospice.org.uk. 

Do I need to tell Ashgate Hospice that I am leaving a gift to them?

You do not need to tell anybody the wishes of your will, however, if you wish to let Ashgate Hospice know that you will be leaving them a gift it will give them the opportunity to thank you personally for choosing to leave them a gift. 

Once you have made your will, you will need to leave this with solicitor, bank, in a safe place at home or with the Probate Service. You must let your executors know where your will is kept. 

Can I change my will once I’ve made it?

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 to make a new will. Alternatively, alterations can be made in some circumstances with a document called a “codicil”, which can be prepared by a solicitor.  BRM offer clients a free will review and can advise you the best way to update your will. 

For more information on making a will, go to https://www.gov.uk/make-will. To find out how leaving a gift in your will can make a difference to local people who need hospice care, go to https://www.ashgatehospice.org.uk/gifts-in-wills/