Make a Will, Make a difference

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Probate Street

I wonder how many of you put ‘make a Will’ on your list of New Year’s Resolutions?

Worryingly, there is still a staggering amount of people without a Will, putting themselves and their family in a vulnerable position. In fact, findings from The Law Society, published in October 2014, revealed that 73 per cent of 16 – 54 year-olds do not have a Will and, among the over-55s, only 64 per cent of people have actually made a Will.

For one month, during February, Acorn Solicitors is offering the chance to have a Will professionally drawn up in return for a donation to the charity, Hope for Tomorrow. It is hoped that this will not only help a charity working across the county to bring chemotherapy treatment closer to patients’ homes, but it will encourage more people to make a will in order to save loved ones unnecessary distress at an already difficult time. Throughout February, our Taunton and Street offices, will waive the usual costs of drawing up a basic Will and instead invite the Will-maker to donate to Hope for Tomorrow. The suggested donation level is £95 for a single Will, £150 for a pair of ‘mirror’ Wills or £50 for a codicil to an existing Will.

It costs Hope for Tomorrow £12,000 per year to keep Somerset’s Mobile Chemotherapy Unit, affectionately named “Bumble” on the road – and these costs are funded entirely through donations. In a unique partnership with the NHS, the unit gives cancer patients the opportunity to receive their potentially life-saving treatment closer to home, rather than having to travel miles into hospital. The unit currently visits Minehead, Chard, West Mendip and Bridgwater. To find out more about the difference the unit makes to people living with cancer, and their families, in Somerset, click here to see this BBC News story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30744291?SThisFB

Our very own ‘Make A Will Month’ with Hope for Tomorrow is a fantastic opportunity to get an affordable Will and give to a wonderful, local cause at the same time. Take the first simple step by booking your appointment with us today by calling 01823 273010 for our Taunton office and 01458 441507 for our Street office. Make this one resolution you actually stick to! For more information please visit www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk

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