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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.

INTRODUCTION

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.

 

FREE WILL WRITING SERVICE - HOW IT WORKS

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):

PARTICIPATING SOLICITORS & WILL WRITERS

Open Law

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

Telephone: 01484 840 445 
Email: info@open-law.co.uk
Website: www.open-law.co.uk

Woodlea Will Writing

Woodlea Will Writing is a family business run by Paul and Elaine Kenny.

Paul has over 30 years experience working within Financial Services, helping his clients to protect their families and build wealth for the future. He now focuses solely on protecting his clients from unnecessary tax bills and in ensuring that their estate wealth is distributed according to their wishes when the time comes.

Elaine spent her early career in the caring professions, initially as a nurse then as a registered childminder. She has for the last 20 years assisted Paul with the day-to-day administration of the business including maintaining regular contact with clients to update them on any developments within the financial world that may be of interest to them.

We begin our working relationship with clients by reviewing any existing Will to ensure that it is still doing the job that it was set up to do. We read a great deal about how few people have had a Will written for them and how not having a Will can be disastrous for the family if a Will is not in place.

It is also a great concern that an existing Will may not be adequate, it may have been set up a number of years ago and a lot of changes may have taken place since it was written. Having a Will that is not correct can be as disastrous for the family as not having a Will.

We have become involved with The Kirkwood Make a Will Month to help provide funds for Kirkwood by assisting those who have not made a Will to create a suitably worded Will and to offer to review an existing Will to ensure that it is still suitable.

Telephone: 07878 688 845  
Email: paul@woodleawills.co.uk
Website: www.woodleawills.co.uk

Ison Harrison

Amy Kwil: "I am a solicitor at Ison Harrison Solicitors. We have been helping client’s to write wills for 40 years as a company and look after more than 50,000 wills for people across Yorkshire at our fifteen branches. We pride ourselves on offering straightforward support, ensuring we explain everything clearly and guide our client’s through the process to make things easy. Our reputation for clear advice and our avoidance of jargon, puts us ahead of many other firms.

I work at our Huddersfield branch and specialise in areas such as Wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts, probate and deputyships. I have worked with The Kirkwood over the past couple of years and truly value the work that they do. I look forward to participating in the Make a Will campaign in order to give something  back to such an amazing charity."

Telephone: 0113 284 5113
Website: www.isonharrison.co.uk
Address: 60 John William Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1ER

Chadwick Lawrence

Chadwick Lawrence are a firm of Solicitors based in West Yorkshire, who offer professional and supportive legal advice to both private and commercial clients. Our Private Client team are here to help you every step of the way and we have recently been awarded with ‘Highly Commended’ in the Probate Research Awards 2021 for our expert approach to the practice area and charitable endeavours. We have been helping clients prepare Wills for over 170 years, and we pride ourselves on our personable service and attention to detail.

Our Huddersfield Private Client team is headed by Ellie Hirst, who advises on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Probate and Court of Protection. To book an appointment to prepare your Will, contact Ellie Hirst either by email on elliehirst@chadlaw.co.uk or by telephone on 01484 519 999.

Kwil

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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