Make your will and help hos­pice

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

PICK­ING up the phone is the hard­est bit of mak­ing a will, says one Mac­cles­field so­lic­i­tor.

Kirsten Board­man of Thor­n­ey­croft so­lic­i­tors is un­sure why around two-thirds of peo­ple do not get around to writ­ing a will but hopes many more will take ad­van­tage of next week’s Will Week, which will raise money for East Cheshire Hos­pice.

Kirsten, 30, is one of 15 so­lic­i­tors who are waiv­ing their fees to help sup­port this fundrais­ing ven­ture which last year raised £12,000 for the hos­pice.

“Maybe it’s the psy­chol­ogy about fac­ing our own mor­tal­ity or maybe it’s be­cause so many peo­ple have mis­con­cep­tions that it’s all go­ing to work out fine with­out a piece of pa­per,” she says.

“But with to­day’s of­ten com­pli­cated fam­ily cir­cum­stances, it’s re­ally im­por­tant that a will is made.

“Even for those who think they have ba­sic es­tate ar­range­ments, a will can be a use­ful sup­port for fam­ily and friends by in­clud­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion such as fu­neral ar­range­ments or char­ity do­na­tions.”

Kirsten and the other so­lic­i­tors from the Mac­cles­field, Bux­ton, Poyn­ton, Con­gle­ton, Knutsford, Stock­port, Dis­ley, Wilm­slow and Sandbach ar­eas will be car­ry­ing out the work for free and ask­ing for do­na­tions in­stead to be given to the hos­pice.

Sug­gested do­na­tions are £90 for a sin­gle will; £135 for a pair of mir­ror wills and £40 to up­date an ex­ist­ing will.

A full list of all the par­tic­i­pat­ing so­lic­i­tors and con­tact de­tails can be found online along with some help­ful in­for­ma­tion on lega­cies and gift-mak­ing eastcheshire­hos­pice.org. uk/will­week

Will Week is spon­sored by Peaks and Plains Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion in Mac­cles­field.

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