We make time for family, work, friends, hobbies, pastimes and all the things that are important to us but many people put off making a Will and setting their affairs in order. This is because, understandably, it is difficult to contemplate what may happen after their death.  

Making a Will is important because it means that you can be sure that your estate will be divided and disposed of as you wish after your death. It will also save your family from worrying about what you might have liked to have happen to treasured possessions at a time when they are mourning the loss of a loved one.

Leaving a bequest to The Norfolk Hospice means that your legacy lives on to help other people.

Making a Will is complicated and expensive, isn’t it?

No, it need not be either of those things. Just think about how you want to bequeath your belongings and then make an appointment with a solicitor.  He or she will ensure the Will accurately reflects your wishes and will not cause problems for your family in the future. If you are unsure of which solicitor to visit, please contact the Law Society, who will be able to provide a list of solicitors in your area.

What to do next

You can write your own Will or ask a legal advisor such as a solicitor or Will writing service to draft it for you. They can answer your questions, provide advice and will know the correct legal wording to use.

Before you begin, you will need to:

  • Make a list of everything you own - including property, money, shares, investments, life insurance policies, and all your valuables and possessions
  • Work out the value of these assets
  • Decide who should benefit from your estate, e.g. family, friends, charities
  • Decide who to appoint as your executor(s), i.e. the people who will administer your estate

You will need to decide what type of bequest you are going to make. They fall into the following categories:

Pecuniary - a specific sum of money or a percentage proportion of your estate

Residuary - whatever is left of your estate after bequests to family and friends

Specific - this could be a property, a piece of jewellery, an antique – something that we can sell and benefit from the proceeds. Stocks and shares fall into this category as well as physical items.

If you have already left a gift to The Norfolk Hospice in your Will, thank you for your generosity. We are keen to know if people have included us in their Will in order that we can prepare for the future as a charity, but also so that we can acknowledge this thoughtful gift. Please contact the Hospice on 01485 601700 or email legacies@norfolkhospice.org.uk