Why I Wrote a Will – Guest Blog by Penny Allen

Writing a will has been on my “When I am a Grown-Up To-Do” list for years now, along with finally learning to like olives, and getting insurance for things I didn’t even know you had to insure like central heating!  I have lost several family members over the last few years, all who died without wills. Trying to sort out their affairs was very difficult and caused additional stresses at a time when it was the last thing we needed. Despite knowing how important it was I just didn’t know where to start, how did I pick a solicitor, how much would it cost, did I even have enough stuff to need a will? All of these questions meant it kept falling to the bottom of the list. When I got the opportunity to write my wills and support The Courtyard all in one go there were no more excuses! Meeting with the solicitor and discussing what I wanted to do with my estate took about half an hour, followed by a quick trip to the Lanyon Bowler offices to sign all the paperwork a couple of weeks later and we were done. It was so much easier than I thought and I can finally tick it off my “When I am a Grown-Up To-Do” list, happy in the knowledge that this simple ribbon bound piece of paper will mean one less thing for my family to worry about should the worst ever happen.

From time to time The Courtyard co-host Will writing days and Legacy Seminars working in partnership with Lanyon Bowdler. Donations to The Courtyard are welcome in exchange for a Will writing service, £60 for a Will/ £30 for a Codicil. The next Will Writing Day is Saturday 16 May. Places are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis. To book an appointment please contact Ellie Teasdale on 01432 346510/ ellie.teasdale@courtyard.org.uk.

How Will You Be Remembered? The Courtyard will also be co-hosting a free Estate Management Seminar with Lanyon Bowdler on Tuesday 2nd June from 9:00am – 10:30am in the Studio (on blog link to event page). To book your free place contact Ellie Teasdale (details as above).

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