Make A Will Month

Your Will is one of the most important documents you’ll write, as it details what you want to happen to your estate when you die.

The Cornwall Hospice Care Make a Will Month is there to help people like you make sure your wishes are met.  The month is your opportunity to have your Will written and better still, support our local Cornish charity.

Book an appointment with one of our participating Solicitors for a donation to Cornwall Hospice Care. (Suggested minimum donation of £150 for Simple Single Wills) or book with a participating Will Writer who will charge you £150 and make their donation to us.

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The Cornwall Hospice Care Make a Will Month campaign is to encourage people to consider making a Will to ensure their wishes are respected and that they decide what will happen to everything they own.

The campaign is supporting people to have their Wills written or updated and encouraging them to remember their family, friends and local good causes in their Wills and make a charitable donation.

How to take part:

Make a Will Month takes place between the 1st  – 31st October 2019.

Three simple steps
1. Think about who you would like to include in your Will – It is important to think carefully about who will benefit from your will, considering family, friends and good causes.

2. Make an appointment with a local Solicitor or Will Writer – On the reverse of this leaflet you will find a full list of participating solicitors and will writers. Contact them directly to book an appointment during October 2019 to take part in Make a Will Month.

3. Write your will with your chosen participant! – If you have chosen a solicitor, after everything is prepared you will be asked to make your donation to Cornwall Hospice Care. Will writers will charge £150 for the service and make their own donation to Cornwall Hospice Care.

Please be aware that if your circumstances are complicated, requiring specialist advice, you will advise you that the task cannot be undertaken as part of the Make A Will Month scheme and the solicitor or Will Writer can proceed if they advise the client ahead of the process if any additional fee will be charged to the client. Paul Jones , Cornwall Hospice Care, Daniels Lane, Holmbush, St Austell PL25 3HS.

Email: pjones@cornwallhospice.co.uk or Telephone: 01726 839567

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I make a Will?

It is important for you to make a Will whether or not you consider you have many possessions or much money. It is important to make a Will because: if you die without a Will, there are certain rules which dictate how the money, property or possessions should be allocated.


What basic information do I need to include when I’m leaving a gift in my Will to Cornwall Hospice Care?

The most important bits of information to include are our name, address and registered charity number:

Cornwall Hospice Care
Mount Edgcumbe Hospice
Porthpean Road

ST AUSTELL

PL26 6AB

Registered charity in England and Wales (1113140)


How do I choose a solicitor?

It can be difficult to choose from the hundreds of solicitors available. You can use our Make a Will month, which will help you find a legal professional to write your will.

Or, if you’d rather not use these services, you can find local solicitors from the Law Society.

In England and Wales, go to lawsociety.org.uk, or call 020 7242 1222.


How can I change my existing Will?

Your solicitor can help you to add a form called a codicil to your existing will. Don’t make changes yourself as it could render your existing Will invalid if this isn’t done correctly.

Gifts and Wills and tax

Gifts in Wills to charities are tax efficient. The threshold at which inheritance tax kicks in changes from time to time. But if your estate is going to attract inheritance tax, any gift you leave to us Will be deducted from your estate before any tax liability is calculated. So, if your estate is £20,000 over the amount allowed as tax-free, and you leave Cornwall Hospice Care £2,000, then inheritance tax will only be payable on £18,000.

Also, from 6th April 2012, if you leave 10% or more of your estate to a charity, you’ll be taxed at a lower rate (36% rather than 40%) on any part of your estate that qualifies for inheritance tax.


What is the difference between a single Will and a mirror Will?

A single Will is a Will for an individual. Mirror Wills are two separate Wills which set out the same wishes within both. For example for two spouses or partners.

The two Wills would essentially mirror what the other says.


How will Cornwall Hospice Care use gifts in Wills?

Your legacy can help someone to live life to the full, living as well as possible for as long as possible.

Sometimes our best care means we support people to die with dignity, surrounded by their family and friends, whilst being cared for by Cornwall Hospice Care’s specialist care teams.

Your legacy will live on with the families, whose lives we touch.

Gifts in Wills account for almost a third of all Cornwall Hospice Care’s vital services.