Swan and Cygnet - Credit Zsuzsanna Bird
Where there's a Will there's a way
Why do so many of us put off making Wills? Is it because we don't like to look to far into the future, to think too much about our own mortality? If you have avoided thinking about the subject then you are not alone; apparently 70% of the UK has an out-of-date Will or no Will at all, rising to 87% in the under 35 age group - yet making a Will is one of the most sensible things you can do in your life.
- It will leave your affairs in order so that those you leave behind won't find themselves caught up in a bureaucratic nightmare at a time when they will be most vulnerable.
- It's the only way to ensure that your wishes will be followed whether it comes to bequeathing your possessions, planning your funeral service or taking care of your dependants.
No matter what your assets make sure you make your Will known
Good times to make a new Will or update your old one:
- When you buy a house
- Have children
- Get married (no, your spouse does not automatically inherit and a live in partner has no inheritance rights at all)
- Get remarried or divorced – remember step children have no right of inheritance
- Turn 18 – because every adult should have a valid Will.
The legal bits
- Go and see a solicitor – yes it's that simple. A qualified solicitor will ensure your wishes are legally and correctly represented. Most firms will have a legacies expert and during special weeks like Remember a Charity Week (September) or Will for Wildlife (October) there may be discounts
- Think about what you want to leave – and to whom and if your children are under 18 who would be the best person to raise them? Appoint a legal guardian
- Of course you can write your own Will if it is correctly worded and witnessed – otherwise you could cost your family a lot of money and stress as just one misused word can change the implications of your Will or even invalidate it. Commonly used words such as ‘children’ has a specific legal meaning but ‘money’ has none at all. We would always recommend you to consult a solicitor if you have any doubts.
And once you have taken care of your family and friends please continue to support our work and leave a gift to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Atteys Solicitors of Sheffield are generously offering a 10% discount to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust members wishing to write Wills with them.Stephen Dunn
The Red Brick House
28 - 32 Trippet Lane
Tel: 0114 2766767
78/82 Cleaveland Street
Tel: 01302 240400
25/31 Regent Street
Tel: 01226 212345
9 High Street
Wath upon Dearne
Tel 01709 872106
Critchley Hall Solicitors of Leyburn have generously offered to donate their will-writing fee to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for anybody using their services and wishing to leave a legacy to the Trust.Critchey Hall Solicitors
Golden Lion Yard
Tel: 01969 625 526
Gosschalks Solicitors are generously offering a 10% discount to any Yorkshire Wildlife Trust members wishing to write Wills with them.Gosschalks Solicitors
Tel: 01482 324252
Stuart Smith & Burnett Solicitors are generously offering a 10% discount to any Yorkshire Wildlife Trust members wishing to write Wills with them.Stuart Smith & Burnett Solicitors
16 Wellington Road
Tel: 01262 678128
Ward Scott LLP are generously offering a 10% discount to any Yorkshire Wildlife Trust members wishing to write Wills with them.Ward Scott LLP
7 Silver Street
Tel: 01482 489870
3a Wednesday Market
Tel: 01482 887667
(Please note that Yorkshire Wildlife Trust cannot endorse or recommend any particular firm of solicitors).