Get involved Events Make a Will Week – 12-16 October 2020 Do you need to make or update your Will? Everyone should have a Will regardless of age, income or health as it’s the only way of ensuring that your wishes are met after your death. Our Make a Will Week is the perfect opportunity to ensure your family and loved ones are taken care of, or charities close to your heart benefit. During Make a Will Week, participating solicitors and Will-writers have kindly agreed to waive their usual fee and write a simple Will, in return for a donation to the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity. There are many specific reasons for writing a Will, including: Children: If you have children or step-children under 18, you should choose who will look after them and ensure there are funds to help. Unmarried couples: If you aren't married or in a civil partnership, don't expect anything to go to your partner if you don't make a Will. Change in personal circumstances: Update your Will when you marry, divorce or have kids. Pets: Decide what should happen to family pets. Specific funeral plans: If you know what you want your funeral to be like, you can leave instructions so your family doesn't have to make the decisions. Property: If you own your home on a 'joint tenant' basis, when you die your ownership will automatically pass to the other owner. If you own your property on a 'tenants in common' basis, it's important to say what happens to your share of the house. If you own a property overseas, inheritance laws may be different to the UK. Participating solicitors and Will-writers include: Tollers (Stevenage) HRJ Foreman Laws (Hitchin) HRJ Foreman Laws (Welwyn Garden City) Tees Law (Royston) ARK Will Writers (Stevenage) To book your appointment, please contact your preferred solicitor or Will-writer by clicking on their name above. Or click on the image below to download our Make a Will Week flyer to see contact numbers and email addresses. Participating in Make a Will Week is also an excellent time to consider if you would like to leave a gift in your Will to benefit future patients, although this is of course not obligatory. Click on the image below to download a copy of our legacy leaflet, where we explain how donations in Wills, no matter how big or small, can help to provide extraordinary care for future generations at our hospitals. If you would like to receive a copy of our legacy leaflet by post, please complete this form. Please note, appointments are limited and this initiative is best suited to simple estates. In order to raise funds for the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity, we ask for your donation to reflect the professional service received, and suggest a minimum donation of £100 for a standard single Will and £150 for standard mirror Wills. Terms and Conditions Only some of the solicitors and Will-writers are able to make home visits. Solicitors and Will-writers reserve the right to make a charge for more complex Wills incorporating trust provisions and for providing any tax planning advice associated with the preparation of a Will. However, any potential additional costs will be discussed and agreed with you beforehand. The offer is for a simple/standard Will or mirror Wills. The offer does not entitle you to a free Will in the future. Some of the solicitors may not include codicils in the offer. ‘I’ve left a gift in my Will' - Sylvia Why Sylvia chose to leave a gift in her Will to the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity: “Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a huge learning curve. I found the only way to get through it was to focus on the treatment plan and trust my cancer team to get me through it and out the other side. I have to say the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre was my beacon. They offered a lot of support to both my husband and I. I met other cancer patients who were going through various treatments and received complementary therapies including aromatherapy and counselling for both me and my husband. They have an enormous library of support information which has helped us enormously. I can’t thank them all enough. As the services are largely supported by charitable funding, we decided to leave a gift in our Wills to the centre in the hope that their good work can continue to help people like me.” Booking for this event has now closed.