St Wilfrid’s Hospice “Make a Will Fortnight”
Updated: Mar 10
At the end of last year Rita Sen Solicitors, along with a number of other local Practices, took part in “Make a Will Fortnight”, an event established by St Wilfrid’s Hospice to raise funds for this increasingly important local facility. Under the Scheme, individuals who wished to make a Will were able to do so without paying the Solicitors’ usual fee, but instead made a donation to the Hospice. We have now learned from the Hospice that a total of £14,388.91 was raised during the fortnight, a figure that the Hospice has described as “fantastic”.
Since its foundation in 2003 Rita Sen Solicitors has always supported the Hospice which has an excellent reputation, both locally and further afield. We are constantly impressed by the reports that we receive from our Clients about the care that they and their loved ones have received. The need to continually generate income to support its work has always been an issue for the Hospice as it receives only limited support from the NHS. At a time when the care provided to the elderly and infirm has been the subject of close scrutiny and no little criticism we are grateful that the area in which we practice is served by such a leading institution.
Of course, at the same time as raising funds for St Wilfrid’s the event provided another reminder of the importance of making a properly drawn Will. At the start of a new year we would again stress the need for such a document. In addition to making a Will it is also important that the same is kept up to date. For example, for some time couples who were liable to be subject to Inheritance Tax when the survivor of the couple passed away were often advised, quite correctly, to create a Discretionary Trust to mitigate the tax burden. Because of a change in the Inheritance Tax Legislation many of these “Discretionary Trust” Wills longer have any Inheritance Tax benefit and the makers of such Wills might find that a simpler Will now serves their purposes.
If you would like to discuss the making or amendment of your Will, please contact us. We will be happy to help.