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Will-Writing Guide

Writing a Will is so important and it can be easier and less expensive than you might think.

Making sure you have an up-to-date Will gives you peace of mind and provides reassurance for your family and friends that they are acting on your wishes.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide for you to consider before speaking to a solicitor:

Six simple steps:

  • Calculate the estimated value of your assets - ensuring that you include property, investments and any debts you may have (e.g. your mortgage)
  • Make a list of all the family and loved ones you would like to benefit
  • Consider who has made a difference to your life and which causes are important to you. You may wish to leave a Gift to Thames Hospice once your loved ones are looked after – How to leave us a gift in your Will
  • Decide who will be named as your Executors in your Will; they will be responsible for ensuring your wishes are fulfilled when you die, but they must not benefit from your Will
  • Visit a local solicitor to have your Will drawn up or updated. Your solicitor will make sure the wording in your Will is legally correct
  • Safely store your Will – your solicitor could look after a copy of your Will for you, but you may wish to keep one of your own. Put it in a safe place and tell someone close to you where it is stored.

If you already have a Will in place and would like to update it with a Gift to Thames Hospice, please complete the Codicil Form and pass this to your solicitor.

If you have left us a Gift, please click here to tell us - we’d like to thank you properly

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