Making a Will ensures that when you die, your estate is shared according to your wishes. Everyone should have a Will, but it is even more important if you have children, own property, have savings, investments, and insurance policies or own a business. Having a Will means you can guarantee that your family, friends and favourite causes are looked after.
It is strongly recommended that you consult a solicitor or Will writing professional who can advise about legalities and handle the process for you. You could also take part in our Make a Will month. During the month several local solicitors pledge their time free of charge to provide a professionally written Will in exchange for a donation to the Hospice. Please contact Claire Ashby claire.ashby@hokh.co.uk to request a list of participating solicitors.
We believe that everyone deserves the best care at the end of their lives. As our local community grows and ages, there are ever greater numbers of people that need our help. By leaving a gift in your Will, you are helping to make sure we are here to give compassionate care to patients and their loved ones in the years to come.
Changing your Will is relatively easy to do by adding what is known as a codicil. This is a straightforward document which enables you to modify your Will. It is held with your existing Will and needs to be properly signed and witnessed to ensure it passes probate. If you choose this option to amend your Will, we recommend that you check the codicil with a solicitor to ensure it ties in properly with your Will.
Gifts in Wills make an enormous difference to our income and the number of people we can care for. Any legacy you wish to give us will be gratefully received and put to very good use. So if you wish to include Heart of Kent Hospice in your Will, we suggest it would be best to discuss this with your solicitor. Wills are a private document and you do not need to inform us of your intentions. However if you do inform us, we can keep in touch and can let you know how your intended gift will be used to support our work.
When a solicitor pledges their time for Make a Will month, they offer a certain number of appointments to local people to write or update their Wills for free in return for a suggested donation to Heart of Kent Hospice.
Please contact one of the participating solicitors before the cut-off date (this will be announced nearer to Make a Will month) to make an appointment, quoting ‘Heart of Kent Hospice Make a Will month’ when you call. The solicitors will make every effort to arrange your appointment at a mutually convenient time. When you book your appointment, your solicitor will send you an information pack which will include a Will planner, client response form, key points and donation envelope.
Appointments are highly sought after and anyone receiving one is urged to let the solicitor know as soon as possible if they can’t attend. There is always a waiting list for appointments and a missed appointment also results in Heart of Kent Hospice missing out on a potential donation.
Donations can be either handed to your solicitor at your appointment or made online by following this link hokh.charitycheckout.co.uk/MakeaWill2020. If you donate online please ensure you take confirmation of your payment to your appointment. Our suggested donations are: £120 for a change to an existing Will £160 for a new single Will £200 for a pair of new mirror Wills You are welcome to make any size donation to Heart of Kent Hospice. In recent years a number of clients have donated the commercial rate the solicitor would normally charge. Your solicitor can advise you on their individual commercial rates. We understand that providing for family and friends is your key consideration when writing your Will, and although we very much hope you will consider making a gift to us, it is not a condition of the scheme. Your solicitor will be able to advise you about this.
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