Wills & Legacies

Giving you peace of mind and helping a good cause

Making a Will is simple and an important way to protect the future of your loved ones. It’s the only way to be certain that your money and your belongings go to the people and causes you care about.

You may have put off making a Will because it involves thinking about what happens when you’re no longer here. This is understandable but it also leaves the door open for your loved ones to miss out and for the Government to benefit from your property and your possessions.

Making a Will gives you peace of mind that your property, possessions and money will go to the people and the organisations you care about. No-one can control when the inevitable will happen but you can maintain control of what happens when it does.

Won’t everything go to my next of kin if I don’t have a Will?

This is a common misconception. Sometimes this will happen but not always. If you don’t have a Will, the law dictates who gets what. For example, if you are not married to your partner regardless of how long you have lived together, your partner would receive nothing. If you have no living relatives, everything you own goes to the Government.

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Leaving a legacy
  • Finding a solicitor..
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Frequently asked questions

1. Why should I make a Will?

Making a will is the only way to be certain that your money, property and possessions will go to the people and organisations you care about.

Everyone should have a Will but it is particularly important if:

  • You have a partner who you are not married to – the law says that they are entitled to nothing if you don’t have a will that leaves something to them
  • You are separated – your spouse may benefit from your property, money or belongings if you don’t have a Will to exclude them
  • You want to leave gifts to charity or to friends – the law won’t allow this if you don’t have a Will

No-one has control over when the inevitable will happen but making a Will gives you the ability to control what happens when it does.

2.When do I need to make a Will?

If you don’t have a Will, the simple answer is now. You are never too young or too old to make a Will and have the peace of mind that having a Will gives to you and your loved ones.

3. What is a standard Will and is it right for me?

A standard Will is ideal for you if you are leaving your property and possessions to family members, friends or if you plan to leave gifts to charity. If you have children who are under 18, it also includes appointing guardians for them.

A standard Will would not include Inheritance Tax planning or the setting up Trusts for anyone other than children under the age of 18.

4. Should I Leave a Bequest or legacy ?

When you have thought about your loved ones in your Will, you may wish to donate to a charity.

There are a number of ways you can leave a legacy to charity…

Specific Cash Gifts
You can leave a fixed amount of money to charity. It is simple and straightforward. If you would like to leave a cash gift to help our work, please ask your solicitor to include it in your Will.

Specific Legacy
A specific legacy enables you to leave something of value to The Cancer Support Centre, which can be used by the charity appropriately.  These can be items of jewellery, property, shares or furniture. It must be clearly identified in your Will.

Residuary Legacy
A residuary legacy is when you leave the balance of your estate to The Cancer Support Centre after everything else is taken care of e.g. debts, liabilities and tax.

Leaving A Legacy: Why The Cancer Support Centre needs your legacy

The Centre does not receive any funding from the NHS or government and consequently has to raise all funds from donations and fundraising events, in order to provide the support they do for those affected by cancer – those with a diagnosis and their families.

‘Without the   Centre’s support, I don’t think my mom would be here today.’

For 2019 that amounts to an average of £3,200 per week which is quite a task !

Our experience in supporting clients has shown that being told you have cancer can be devastating and can cause fear, anxiety and vulnerability; and conventional treatment regimes put the body under a great deal of stress which can be very debilitating physically and emotionally.

We provide a safe and welcoming place where clients can explore their concerns and learn techniques that can help alleviate some of the effects of hospital treatment.

Your gift to us will help us to continue offering this support and comfort to our clients, enabling them to feel the best they possibly can whilst on their journey.

Whilst we would prefer for any legacy to be left for our general funds, so that we can use it for the most pressing need at the time, you can always specify what you want the legacy spent on eg. Providing 1:1 therapies, workshops, talks or groups.  What ever you choose, we will ensure that your gift is used in accordance with your wishes.

A legacy is a gift for the future and can make an enormous difference to us.

Thank you for considering the Cancer Support Centre.

Please note: We are not able to advise further on legal matters relating to the leaving of a legacy as such other advice should come from an independent solicitor or other professional adviser.

Finding a Solicitor

We cannot formally make recommendations; however we can give you details of solicitors who have worked with the Cancer Support Centre previously, or have been highly recommended by our clients.

 

Enoch Evans LLP
5 Emmanuel Court,
2 Mill Street,
Sutton Coldfield,
B72 1TJ
Telephone : 01922 720333 or by
Email : ee@enoch-evans.co.uk
Website : www.enochevans.co.uk

 

The important thing to remember is that the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme Accreditation (WIQS) provides a best practice quality mark for Wills and Estate Administration advice that consumers can trust. When choosing a solicitor to prepare your Will it would be prudent to instruct a firm of solicitors whom are WIQS accredited.