Swindon law firm Lemon & Co Solicitors has pledged a percentage of its earnings this week to a local hospice as part of the national initiative “Make a Will Week”.
The week, which runs from March 7-11, aims to raise awareness of how many people pass away without putting their estate in order and raise funds for charities at the same time.
Lemon & Co will donate nearly a quarter of all fees earned from writing wills from Monday 7 to Friday 11 March, to Wroughton-based Prospect Hospice, which supports 1600 people and their families in a purpose-built hospice, in the Great Western Hospital, and in their own homes.
In the UK, one in three people die intestate each year, and half of all people over the age of 45 have not made a will. Dying intestate – without writing a will – risks leaving your estate in the wrong hands and a larger slice with the taxman than necessary.
The event follows the success of Prospect’s Make a Will Month, which took place last year and saw 12 local solicitors raise over £13,000 for the charity.
Deirdre Moss, managing partner at Lemon & Co commented: “Writing a will is a difficult necessity in life, which is made even harder when one finds themselves in a position of ill health. It is therefore wise to create a will whilst still fit and healthy in both body and mind, as it brings the peace of mind that if the unthinkable happens, their loved ones will receive estates and property as per their wishes. If you pass away without having a will, your loved ones may have no choice over who gets what, regardless of what you have told them during your lifetime. Your estate would be distributed according to current UK law.”
Deirdre continued: “This is an excellent opportunity to get your affairs in order, whilst also helping to support the patients and families cared for, and supported by Prospect. You may think you have nothing of value, however all of us have items of sentimental value which we have inherited over the years or items that you may want to go to specific people. Writing a will is a process that anybody over the aged of 18 in the UK can participate in and brings security and peace of mind, not just to you but to those you love.”
Sheryl Crouch, head of fundraising at Prospect Hospice added: “We are delighted that Lemon & Co is offering to donate a proportion of the total instructions taken during make a will week to Prospect Hospice. Our aim is to bring confidence, comfort and care to patients and their families and know from experience how important a written will can be for families, and thank Lemon & Co for their support for our work during make a will week.”