Leave a gift in your Will
The Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of having an up to date Will in place. By writing a Will, you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after you die.Jo's story
Why is it important to leave a Will?
Without a Will, you will have no say in who inherits your money or how much they will inherit. Having a Will in place means that what you wish to happen, will happen, and gives you peace of mind knowing your loved ones are provided for. Your Will also gives you the opportunity to support causes which are close to your heart and ensure they are there to help future generations.
If you die intestate (without a Will), your estate will be divided up according to certain rules, established by the government. Dying intestate means your estate may not necessarily go to the people you would like to. If you do not have a family, the government will inherit your money and possessions.
According to information released by the National Will Register, there has been a marked increase in searches for Wills by people who have been bereaved as a result of Covid-19, and legal firms across the country have reported dramatic increases in enquiries about Wills, prompted by the outbreak. Now – more than ever – it’s crucial to have one in place.
By leaving a Will, you will reduce the emotional and financial stress on your family should anything happen to you, at a time when they will be grieving for you. You can also appoint someone you trust to carry out the wishes you have stated in your Will.
How do I write my Will and leave a gift to the hospice?
There are various methods to write or update a Will, but is is generally advisable to use a solicitor or have a solicitor check your Will to make sure it has the effect you would like. You’ll find a detailed guide to Will-writing here.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing social restrictions, Wills witnessed by video conferencing are now legal. This measure is backdated to 31st January 2020 and is in place for two years, though this period could be reduced.
If you choose to leave a gift to St Peter & St James Hospice in your Will, your solicitor will need to know these details:
Name: St Peter & St James Hospice
Address: North Common Road, North Chailey, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 4ED
Registered charity number: 1056114
If you have an existing Will you’d like to update to include a gift to us, you can use our codicil form.
We have great working relationships with a number of local solicitors, so if you’d like us to recommend you a solicitor based on your location, please feel to contact us using the form at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can find a solicitor in your local area here.
Emergency Will Writing
We have an emergency Will writing service for those under the care of the hospice who need to make a Will at short notice.
We are happy to arrange for a solicitor to either video call you, or visit you or your loved one at home or on the hospice ward. They will gently and sensitively guide you through the process and will prepare your Will quickly and efficiently, within hours if necessary, so that your wishes are accurately recorded. If you need this service, please call us on 01444 471598.
Our promise to you
– We are always here if you’d like to talk to us about leaving a gift in your Will. We won’t put any pressure on you.
– We fully understand that your loved ones come first.
– We respect your right to privacy regarding your final wishes.
– We will use your gift in the best way we can. If your Will states how you wish for your gift to be used, we will honour this.
– Any information you share with us will be kept confidential.
Please feel free to fill in the Contact Us form below if you would like more information, or call us on 01444 470710.
Make a Will Month
This year, we are running our Make A Will Month in October, rather than April as normal. If you would like to make your Will through this scheme, which offers a discounted Will writing service with local solicitors, and benefits the hospice, we can put you on the list for October. We will then get in touch with you nearer the time, to let you know which solicitors are taking part, so you can book an appointment convenient to you.
If this is too long to wait, and you wish to book an appointment with a solicitor soon, please could you let us know the area you are in, and we can give you the contact details of solicitors we have previously worked with. We would just like to highlight that this would not be a discounted rate for you, or a donation to the hospice, but this may be your preferred option, if you do not want to wait until October.
Alternatively, we are currently partnering with a Will writing firm, Farewill, who offer you the opportunity to write your legally-binding Will for free, either online or on the telephone, in as little as 15 minutes. They provide live support from a team of experts to help you through this quick and easy process, and answer any questions.
If you would like to write your Will online, for free, please click here.
If you have any questions, or would like to find out about solicitors that we work with, please fill in your contact details below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.