Parfitt Cresswell Supports Make a Will Month

Make a Will

By Allison Tompkins, Private Client Legal Executive, Haywards Heath

Our Haywards Heath office has partnered with St Peter and St James Hospice to provide residents with a fixed number of Will writing appointments free of charge.

The initiative forms part of Make a Will Month which takes place between 1st and 30th April 2018.

Instead of paying our team of Private Client solicitors and legal executives for their professional advice, we ask that you donate to St Peter and St James Hospice.

The donation will provide expert and compassionate hospice care to local families.

A staggering 70% of Britons haven’t made a Will. If this applies to you, the Government will decide who gets what from your wealth when you die, referred to as an estate. Your spouse or civil partner is first in line, but won’t necessarily receive everything. Next in the queue are children or grandchildren, parents, siblings or their children, half-siblings or their children, grandparents, uncles and aunts or their children and, finally, half-uncles and aunts or their children.

If your estate is worth more than £250,000 and you have children, your spouse will probably receive the first £250,000 as well as all your personal possessions. They’ll also receive 50% of what’s left — with the other half passing to your children.

If you have no relatives, your estate passes to the Crown or the Duchies of Cornwall or Lancaster. These rules are known as the laws of intestacy.

So, as you can see, if you die without making a will it’s entirely possible some (or all) of your wealth could go to people you don’t know very well — or at all. Friends, carers, and charities would miss out on your generosity.

For more information and to enquire about the limited number of free will writing appointments that we will be offering from 1st April, simply call us on 0800 999 4437 or email quoting ‘St Peter and St James’.

Don’t leave your loved ones in distress: find out more about making a will today.

About the author

Allison Tompkins specialises in Probate, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and Elderly Services. She is a long-standing member of the team at Colemans – Parfitt Cresswell’s Haywards Heath branch – having joined in 1998.

 Whilst working at Colemans and bringing up a family Allison studied and passed her exams for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2007. She was admitted as a Fellow in 2009.

 Allison is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.