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Norfolk WILL Help

Norfolk WILL Help local charities

With recent research indicating that two thirds of adults have not made a will, five of Norfolk’s charities are working together to encourage people to plan for the future whilst also raising funds to support their work.  Many locally based solicitors and members of the Society of Will Writers have kindly donated appointments to Norfolk WILL Help helping the charities to raise valuable funds throughout February. 

Members of the public wanting to make a will should go to the website to book their appointment to make a will with one of the participating solicitors or will writers. In return for having their basic will written, they will be asked to make a suggested donation of £50 for a single will or £100 for mirror wills. All the donations will be split equally between the five benefitting charities: Nelson’s Journey, The Benjamin Foundation, Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind, Age UK Norwich and Big C.

Lin Whitehead, Partner and Head of Private Client Department at Clapham & Collinge Solicitors said ‘‘We are delighted to support Norfolk WILL Help as it’s a great way to put your affairs in order while supporting 5 Norfolk charities at the same time. At Clapham & Collinge, we encourage clients of all ages to consider making arrangements for the future. It doesn’t matter how much you have in the way of assets, it’s important to make a Will to give you control of where your assets are going. A properly written Will is vital so that it is not unnecessarily rendered invalid and especially for co-habiting couples.’’

Norfolk WILL Help was created by Nelson’s Journey who were keen to develop a collaborative project which would benefit a range of Norfolk charities.  Simon Wright, Chief Executive Officer at Nelson’s Journey said “We are really excited to be working with Age UK Norwich, The Benjamin Foundation, Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind and The Big C on this project.  With it being the start of 2016 many people will be making New Year’s resolutions and having a will written may not be at the forefront of people’s minds.”

Pictured above - CEO's of the five participating Norfolk charities (from left to right) 
Tong Ing The Benjamin Foundation, Susan Ringwood Age UK Norwich, Mike Talbot NNAB, Dr Chris Bushby Big C,Simon Wright Nelson’s Journey.

A poll of 2,000 people showed a quarter of those without a will say they are putting off writing one “until they are older”, while 13% say writing a will has never crossed their mind, and 11% say the cost of setting one up has put them off.

Simon said “At Nelson’s Journey we are reminded daily that some people reach the end of their life much earlier than expected and therefore it is essential to have your future wishes in place so that your loved ones are taken care for.

There are many good reasons as to why you should make a will, if you don’t have one when you die, your money, property and possessions will be shared out according to the law instead of your wishes. This can mean they pass to someone you hadn’t intended e.g. a distant relative – or that someone you want to pass things on to ends up with nothing, unfortunately the relationship you had with the person carries no weighting after your death.  Also, if you have no surviving relatives and haven’t identified otherwise your entire estate will go to the Crown. 

Interested solicitors and members of the Society of Will Writers should contact Nelson’s Journey on 01603 431788. 

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