Learn why writing your Will is so important from Legacy and In Memory Manager Lindsay
June is Make a Will Month at Acorns Children’s Hospice and the charity has partnered with selected law firms across the West Midlands to offer a free Will writing service. Lindsay Mottram, Legacy and In Memory Manager at Acorns, explains why it’s more important than ever that people make their wishes known.
Making a Will is one of those things many people put off. While the idea might seem daunting, it is vitally important to have a Will as it’s the only way to ensure your wishes are known should the worst happen.
According to national statistics, around 54% of adults don’t have a Will and over half of those haven’t written a Will because they can’t find the time or they have simply ‘not got around to it yet’. So, if it’s something you’ve been delaying, you’re not alone.
Having a professionally drawn up Will is an important way to protect your family and your loved ones.
With coronavirus dominating our lives, things have never been more uncertain. No one knows what the future will bring. Having a Will gives you peace of mind knowing that your wishes are known and respected.
In fact, the Law Society has reported a 30% increase in the usual number of requests to create a Will since March 2020.
But there are many reasons to write a Will. It’s important to write, or update, your Will when you have children, if you have concerns about inheritance tax, when your circumstances change (like getting married or buying a new home), if you have specific funeral wishes or if you are not married to your partner.
Whatever your motivation, a legally binding Will tells everyone what should happen to your money, possessions and property after you die and offers a range of valuable protections.
Taking part in Acorns FREE Make a Will Month is not only the perfect way to plan for you and your families future, but will also help ensure the future of local children’s hospice care for families when they need it most. The scheme is free to take part in but we ask that you consider making a voluntary donation to support our care.