It is estimated that over half of adults* in the UK don’t have a will, potentially causing difficulties for their families and loved ones. Booking is now open for Martlets ‘Will Writing Fortnight’ which runs from Monday 13th to Friday 24th May 2019 and Martlets is encouraging local people to sign up and plan for their future.
Twelve local will writing experts have offered to give their time free of charge to people in exchange for a donation to Martlets to help them provide care for people living with terminal illness and their families across the Brighton & Hove area.
Setting up an appointment is simple to organise, just choose from one of the will writers listed at www.themartlets.org.uk/give-in-your-will and contact them during the booking period 15th April and 10th May.
People experience many changes in their lives so making or reviewing a will is essential to ensure the security of your family if you’re a parent, cohabiting, in a civil partnership or have dependents that can’t care for themselves.Having a will in place when you die is also reassuring for your loved ones; they will know that they are doing things exactly the way you wanted, which makes it much easier for them at a difficult time. It will also mean that loved ones won’t have to pay more Inheritance Tax than they need to.
Martlets’ Legacies Manager, Gary Moyle said: “We understand that thinking about what happens after you are gone isn’t easy. However, getting your will professionally written means that you’ll have peace of mind that your wishes will be followed and that people or causes you want remembered are going to be properly looked after. Will Writing Fortnight is the perfect opportunity to get organised whilst also helping raise funds for Martlets to provide life-changing hospice care.”
Paula Perera volunteer at Martlets commented “I have worked as a volunteer at the hospice for 10 years and have seen first-hand the incredible help and support that it provides. Sadly, my son was diagnosed with motor neurone disease one year ago, so he’s now under the Day Services team at Martlets. He has regular check-ups at the hospice and his family has been offered various therapies; I know that they will get the very best care and that more help is here if he needs it.
I’ve needed to use the service myself, to talk to the nurses and the chaplain, and I found them to be so kind – they’ve always got lots of time to listen. They look after the families as well as the patients and that’s such very important work that must continue, which is why I’ve left some money to Martlets in my will.
“I decided to use the hospice’s Will Writing Service because it wasn’t expensive and I knew that every penny of the fee that I paid to make my will would go to the hospice. It was really simple to do, I knew who I wanted to see and I just got in touch with them to arrange everything. Nothing was too much trouble, they were very good.”
Martlets provides free care to local people living with terminal illness allowing them hope, purpose and possibility. One in four patients are looked after thanks to the generosity of people leaving legacies in their wills. Making a will during Will Writing Fortnight is an opportunity to get important plans in place while also making a real difference to patients and their families.
Booking through the Martlets scheme offers a significant discount on will writing as the minimum donation required is only £150 for a single will and £200 for a joint Will.
For further information, or for a free copy of our Gifts in Wills booklet, visit www.themartlets.org.uk/give-in-your-will or contact Gary on 01273 718778 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Data from YouGov Survey