Widow backs Will Week at 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