The intestacy flowchart shows who is eligible to inherit and how property is distributed. This has been created to raise awareness among the two thirds of adults across the region who do not currently have a will in place and to encourage them to take action.
Throughout May, Hodgkinsons is supporting St Barnabas Hospice by writing wills in return for a donation to the charity, as part of Make a Will Month.
Tina Hill, Chartered Legal Executive at Hodgkinsons, explains:
“Many people assume that their assets will automatically be passed on to those to whom they are closest. The reality is that their estate will be carved up in accordance with strict intestacy rules, determining exactly who is eligible to inherit.
“For many people, especially those who are unmarried and those who have step-children, this means that their partners and chosen loved ones can miss out entirely, causing financial hardship, unnecessary division and conflict.
“Writing a will and keeping it updated is the only way to ensure that your wishes are followed, and that your chosen loved ones benefit as you want them to when you are gone. Write your will with Hodgkinsons in May, and your donation will go directly towards supporting St Barnabas and the vital work it does.”
St Barnabas Hospice, which this year celebrates its 35th anniversary, relies on fundraising and donations to meet its £4million annual running costs. Hodgkinsons’ will experts are providing their expertise and time free of charge, and money raised will go directly to support the charity, which provides specialist palliative care to patients in Lincolnshire.
For further information about making a will with Hodgkinsons Solicitors in aid of St Barnabas Hospice, please submit an online enquiry form or call 01754 897150.