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We want to make will writing easy and accessible for our community, our supporters, our patients and their families. That’s why we have partnered with local solicitors and an online will writing service to offer a free basic will writing service all year round.
As a charity, we Support Life. And that’s why we believe it’s really important to plan for the future. Planning helps to take the worry and fear out of what might happen so we can focus on what is really important to us.
Making a will isn’t an easy thing to think about. It can be a daunting prospect…and not many people discuss their future plans. Some people don’t know where to start. Some people think it is expensive. Some think they don’t need a will. Someone people don’t know what will happen if they don’t hold a valid will. We want to change that.
We want to make will writing easy and accessible for our community, our supporters, our patients and their families.
That’s why we have partnered with local solicitors and an online will writing service who are offering our supporters a free basic will throughout the year.
WHY WRITE A WILL & KEEP IT UPDATED?
Research has shown that more than half of UK adults don’t have a will. But having a will is the only way you can ensure that your family and friends, and any charities you care about, are provided for in the way you wish.
If you don’t write a will, your estate may not be distributed as you wish.
Having a will provides you with peace of mind – and it makes things much easier for your loved ones in the future.
As life changes around you, it’s worth taking a little bit of time to check whether your will is up to date. Important changes in your life could mean you need to write your first will, or make changes to your existing one. Milestones such as getting married, buying a house or becoming a parent are all really good reasons people choose to write a will.
Throughout the year, we will partner with a number of local solicitors, who will offer to write a basic will for you - free of charge. Every three-months, the solicitors will change, meaning you always have a choice about who you choose. It also means that our Make a Will campaign is open throughout the year, so you can choose the right time to start planning for the future.
- We know there can be a lot to think about before writing a will, and this often puts people off making one. You might not know where to start, or what you should think about. We’ve created a helpful guide to help get you started, which you can read here.
- Choose whether you’d like to make your will with a solicitor or online. Contact any of our participating solicitors and advise them you would like to speak to them about making a will with The Kirkwood. A list of participating solicitors can be found here. If you’d prefer to make your will online, you can visit our Kwil page here and you will be taken through the process step by step.
- Your chosen solicitor will advise you of the next steps. If completing your will online with Kwil, you will be guided through each stage.
- In exchange for your free basic will, we kindly ask you to make a donation to The Kirkwood to help Support Life in Kirklees. This could be the cost of a will in normal circumstances, or whatever you can manage. You can make a donation for your free basic will here.
MAKING A GIFT IN YOUR WILL
Will you leave a lasting legacy for future generations by remembering The Kirkwood?
We know that making a will is a big decision, and we understand taking care of your family and loved ones first is the most important thing.
After you have remembered those you care about, we hope you will also remember The Kirkwood.
A gift in your will can come in all different shapes and sizes. Every gift makes a real difference.
Whatever the size of your gift, you will be helping The Kirkwood to be here for anyone affected by a life limiting illness in Kirklees, every step of the way. Thanks to you, our dedicated team will continue to provide the best possible care for our patients, their families and those that care for them.
GIFTS IN WILLS FUND THE CARE OF 1 IN 3 PATIENTS
(Total donations in 2019)
Every single gift left in a will makes such a difference to us. In fact, so much so that the generosity of individuals who remembered The Kirkwood by leaving a legacy to the charity helps us to fund around 1/3 of our charitable costs.
You can read about the different types of gifts you could leave here
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
We understand that choosing to leave a gift in your will is a big decision, and we will be honoured if you choose to Support Life by helping The Kirkwood.
In return for your support, we promise we will:
- Commit to making a difference to families at a time in their lives they need it most
- Use your gift wisely and efficiently in the interest of our patients and their families
- Handle any gift you make with care, sensitivity and respect
- Always respect your privacy
- Keep you updated about the impact you are helping to make (as long as you’re happy to hear from us)
“Gifts in wills enable us to continue providing the best possible care and support to patients and their families when they really need us. Your kind support helps us to make the time people have left, however long this may be, as meaningful as possible. I’m so grateful to those who remember The Kirkwood in their wills.” Sonia Tyndall, Sister, The Kirkwood
MAKE A DONATION
Once you have started the will writing process with your chosen solicitor – or completed your online will – we would be delighted if you considered making a donation to The Kirkwood. You might consider donating the cost of a will in normal circumstances, or whatever you can manage.
You can make your donation here. Alternatively, you can make a donation over the phone by calling our Fundraising team on 01484 557 911.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know writing a will can be a daunting prospect. That's why we want to make will writing easy and accessible for everyone, so we've prepared a number of handy guides to help you get started (including a glossary of terms to help you navigate the legal terminology you'll sometimes come across):
Here at Open Law, we approach things differently. We are people and have families just like you. We know it’s not always easy being a carer or losing someone close. We have the same troubles you have. We just happen to be solicitors.
We experience life just like you and we understand that law can be scary and confusing. We use our own experiences to help us deliver a more personable and pragmatic approach. We listen, we help, we care. Let us help you and your family plan for the future.
Lisa & Luke, Open Law
Whatever your financial circumstances, a will is the most important document you’ll enter into. It’s the foundation of all estate planning, so it’s crucial to get it right. As a leading law firm we’re trusted to advise multiple generations of families about wills and other aspects of estate planning, from family businesses to trusts. We focus on providing exceptional service for clients and have a supportive, collaborative culture that provides the client with the reassurance that they are working with the right legal team. Contact Derek Hellawell:
We have also partnered with online will writer, Kwil. Using this online service, you can write a legally binding will within as little as 30 minutes. This online platform will take you through step by step and can be accessed at any time with free expert help always available 8am until 8pm, seven days a week. Our partner page can be accessed here.
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