Widow backs Will Week at hospice

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

MAC­CLES­FIELD res­i­dent Sue Hen­der­son is sup­port­ing Will Week and East Cheshire Hospice as she urges peo­ple to learn from her sit­u­a­tion when her hus­band Lawry died.

Sue, from Mac­cles­field, said: “When Lawry died in 2009, he hadn’t writ­ten an of­fi­cially pre­pared will him­self, but left in­struc­tions of his wishes which were de­clared null and void as a will.”

Lawry had been cared for at East Cheshire Hospice in his fi­nal days and Sue said: “The hospice did an amaz­ing job and I can’t thank them enough.”

How­ever, when he died, as well as griev­ing for him, Sue dis­cov­ered new trou­bles.

“Be­cause Lawry didn’t have a valid will, the tech­ni­cal term is that he died in­tes­tate,” she ex­plained.

“This meant that my solic­i­tors had to ap­ply for ‘let­ters of ad­min­is­tra­tion’ on my be­half which took nine months to com­plete.

“Dur­ing that time I re­ally strug­gled fi­nan­cially to look after our house and chil­dren as his bank ac­counts were frozen. It was an aw­ful time for us, griev­ing for him and hav­ing money wor­ries.

“I hope any­one who doesn’t have a will takes part in Will Week so they don’t leave their loved ones with the prob­lems I went through at such a dread­ful time.”

As part of Will Week, lo­cal solic­i­tors are waiv­ing the fee for a stan­dard will and peo­ple us­ing their ser­vices can support the hospice with a sug­gested min­i­mum do­na­tion of £85 for a sin­gle will and £150 for a mir­ror will.

Will Week takes place from Oc­to­ber 6 to 10 and runs along­side Hospice Care Week which seeks to raise aware­ness of the range of ser­vices and care avail­able from the hospice move­ment.

Mac­cles­field solic­i­tors tak­ing part in­clude Al­cock & Smal­ley, Ben­netts, Blunts, C M Broad­bent, Jobling Gowler and Thor­n­ey­crofts and Wilm­slow solic­i­tors in­clude Jack­son Bar­rett & Gass and Al­fred New­ton & Co

Full de­tails of Will Week can be found at eastcheshire­hos­pice.org. uk/wil­lweek or by ring­ing Fiona Beasley at the hospice on 01625 666991.

●● Sue Hen­der­son

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