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Make a Will Month

What is Make a Will Month?

St Gemma’s is working with local solicitors to give you the opportunity to have your Will written this October. Local solicitors are generously waiving their usual fees and donating their time and expertise to help raise funds for the Hospice. Every donation made to St Gemma’s as part of Make a Will Month will help provide much needed care and support to the patients and families who need us.

Why write a Will?

At St Gemma’s we understand the peace of mind people feel knowing that they have provided for their families and that their wishes are clear.

Having an up-to-date Will ensures that your money, property and possessions go to the people and causes you care about. Putting your affairs in order now can make life much easier for your loved ones later.

“I knew I needed to make a Will but kept putting it off. It was Make a Will Month that prompted me to finally get it sorted, using the services of a friendly, local solicitor in return for a donation to St Gemma’s.

The whole process was quick and easy. I got my Will professionally written, and St Gemma’s received a valuable contribution towards the great work that they do for the local community. Taking part in Make a Will Month is something you won’t regret.”


How to take part

Step 1: Choose a solicitor from the list. Contact them now to make an appointment in October, quote ‘St Gemma’s Make a Will Month’.

Step 2: Complete the registration form. We will send you confirmation of registration to show your solicitor at your appointment.

Step 3: Attend your Will writing appointment with your chosen solicitor with proof of registration.

We suggest a minimum donation of £125 for a basic Will (for a single person) or £175 for Mirror Wills (for a couple).

  • £125 could contribute towards a St Gemma’s community team member visiting a patient in their own home to provide clinical advice and support
  • £175 could help keep a patient mobile and independent by providing physiotherapy support
  • £250 could cover the cost of a visit from our community team to a patient in their own home to provide clinical advice and support
  • £500 per day could fund care for one patient staying at the Hospice, covering everything from expert care, to pain relief and meals

Are there any extra costs?

All the solicitors taking part in the scheme are waiving their fees for simple Wills. If your Will is more complex there may also be an additional fee to pay. Please discuss your requirements with your solicitor when you make your appointment. Before they start the work, they will let you know if there will be any additional costs.

*Some participating solicitors charge a small fee for identity checking.

Do I need to include a gift for St Gemma’s in my Will?

Leaving a gift to St Gemma’s is easy and anyone can do it. If you take part in Make a Will Month there’s no obligation to leave the Hospice a gift. However, once you’ve provided for your loved ones, any gift you leave – even a small percentage – will help us to continue caring for the patients and families who need us in our local community. If you’d like to leave a gift to St Gemma’s, tell your solicitor at your appointment or for more information about leaving a gift to help local people living with life-threating illnesses, visit www.st-gemma.co.uk/yourlegacy or call Katy Lee on 0113 306 9165.

How do I book an appointment?

Appointments will be available to book from 19 August 2024. To make an appointment please call your chosen solicitor and quote ‘St Gemma’s Make a Will Month’. Each firm is providing a limited number of places, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

What types of appointments are available?

Different firms may provide office appointments, home visits, video calls or telephone appointments. Please ask your chosen solicitor what type is available. If you need a home visit there may be an extra charge extra for this.

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