Are you one of the 60 per cent of adults in the UK who haven’t made a will?

We all know it’s something you really ought to get around to, but it’s easy to put it off.

The sad fact is that if you die without a will, there’s no guarantee your money or property will go to the people or causes you would choose. It could also mean a lot of additional heartache, stress and expense for the loved ones you leave behind.

Fortunately, the perfect opportunity to make or update your will is just around the corner.

From March 5 to 16, many solicitors across the county are supporting St. Margaret’s Hospice by taking part in the charity’s Free Will Fortnight.

If you or your partner are aged 55 or over, you could put your mind at rest by making a will setting out your wishes in the event of your death completely free of charge. All you need to do is book an appointment with one of the participating solicitors, who will generously waive their usual fee for writing a simple or mirror will or updating this important legal document. By taking part in this initiative you are under no obligation to leave a gift or make a donation to the charity.

St. Margaret’s Hospice has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for over 38 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to thousands of patients and families facing a life-limiting illness. The hospice has In-patient Units and day centres in Taunton and Yeovil, though the majority of patients the charity cares for are visited at home by its community nurses.

Many people choose to leave a legacy gift to charity in their wills. For St. Margaret’s this is a vital source of income, with one in five people being cared for thanks to gifts in wills.

After NHS funding, the charity needs to raise £9.5m a year to deliver its care.

Andrew Glass, a chartered accountant and trustee of St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “Please consider joining me in helping us care for even more local families across Somerset by leaving a gift in your will.

“Every gift in every will, however large or small, makes a big difference to the lives of people in our community. With your help, we will be able to continue to build and improve your local St. Margaret’s Hospice care into the future.”

As well as being an opportunity to make a difference, leaving a gift in your will could also reduce your inheritance tax liability, which the solicitor will be able to explain.

For more information, visit our  Free Will Fortnight page. You can also call the legacy team at St. Margaret’s for a confidential chat on 01823 365606.