We all know making a will is important – but if you have been putting it off, you are not alone. An estimated six in 10 adults in the UK haven’t made a will stating what they want to happen to their money and property when they die.

Dying without a will can mean your assets don’t go to the people or causes close to your heart, as well as causing more stress and expense for your loved ones.

This March, if you or your partner are aged 55 or over, you could find peace of mind by making a will completely free of charge. Solicitors across the county are supporting St. Margaret’s Hospice by generously waiving their usual fee for writing or updating a simple or mirror will during the charity’s Free Will Month.

All you need to do is book an appointment between Friday, March 1, and Friday, March 29, with one of the participating solicitors. It follows the popularity of last year’s Free Will Fortnight, when more than 100 people or couples took the opportunity to make or update their will.

Many people choose to leave a legacy gift to charity in their wills. At St. Margaret’s Hospice, one in five patients are cared for thanks to gifts in wills. The charity has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for nearly 40 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to thousands of patients and families facing a life-limiting illness.

Jonathan Langdon, St. Margaret’s Hospice trustee, said: “Making a will and keeping it up to date can be very important in ensuring that your wishes are carried out. It can also help your friends and family in dealing with your estate and it gives an opportunity to provide for the people and causes that are particularly dear to you.”

By taking part in Free Will Month you are under no obligation to leave a gift or make a donation to the hospice. However, last year people chose to make pledges worth an estimated £86,780 in wills written during Free Will Fortnight, with a further £3,260 in gifts in lieu of solicitors’ fees.

Appointments are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. They can take place at any time, as long as they are booked in March. The following solicitors are participating in Free Will Month: Alletsons, Bridgwater; Amicus Law, Yeovil; Ashfords, Taunton; Battens Solicitors, Yeovil, Sherborne and Castle Cary; Berensens, Chard; Broomhead & Saul, Taunton; Chubb Bulleid, Wells, Street and Somerton; Clarke Willmott LLP, Taunton; Everys, Taunton; Gareth Webb & Co, Yeovil; Harris & Harris, Wells; Quality Solicitors Gould & Swayne, Glastonbury, Street and Wells; Routh Clarke Solicitors, Tintinhull, Yeovil; Scott Rowe Solicitors, Axminster; Williamsons, Crewkerne.

For more information, click here. You can also call Kat Watts, our Legacy Officer for a discreet and confidential conversation on 01823 346954.