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Planning for your future today

Planning for your future can seem like a daunting task but if you take a little time to do it now, it will save you and your family lots of time in the future. Setting up a Will and ensuring your legacy lives on after you die can mean that your wishes are kept.

ANDREW MCCLUREMany people chose to leave money to St Columba’s Hospice in their Will. This lasting legacy gift to the Hospice means we can continue to provide care and support for generations to come. Legacy gifts to the Hospice enable us to pay for the medical staff, equipment, medicine and lots more. It costs £8 million a year to run the Hospice and we only receive a small amount of funding from the NHS, so every legacy gift to the Hospice allows us to keep our doors open, providing the much-needed services we offer.

The Hospice has teamed up with McClure Solicitors to give you some simple steps on how to plan ahead. Here, Andrew McClure’s top three simple steps for planning ahead. 

Make a Will

You already know that every adult should have a Will. Without a Will the Law decides who inherits your estate after you die. If you have a Will, you have already made those decisions. Make a Will soon, as no-one knows that is around the corner. Watch our video to see how easy it is to make a Will.

At McClure Solicitors, we prepare thousands of Wills each year, so you are in good hands. A standard Will only states who is to benefit when you die. Alternatively, you could have an Estate Planning Will, which ensures your estate finished up where you want it – so if you want to make a donation to charity in your Will, we would make sure this happens for you. There’s quite a bit of difference between a standard Will and an Estate Planning Will, so make sure you choose the right one. Our team will help and guide you, and all for free. All we ask is that you consider making a donation to St Columba’s Hospice.

Have a Free Will Review

Research shows that 1 in 4 Wills are either defective or of poor quality. If you already have a Will, do you keep it updated if your circumstances change? Marriages, births and deaths in the family can effect what’s in your Will, so make sure it is accurate for what you want to happen after you die. Some Wills only direct where your assets should go, rather than where they will end up. Again, there’s quite a difference there so make sure your Will is reviewed and it is clear about what you want to happen to your assets.

Our team of experts review thousands of Wills every year and see many with serious errors. It’s important to get your Will reviewed and updated. You can watch a video to see how we can review your Will here.

Decide your Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a document which appoints someone else to act for you if you become unable to make decisions or manage your affairs. As we are all living longer, it’s likely that more of us are going to need a Power of Attorney. Organising your Power of Attorney now means that if anything happens to you, your family can rest assured knowing that decisions are in the hands of someone you trust. Deciding your Power of Attorney now will save you time and expense in the future. To see how easy it is to arrange your Power of Attorney, watch this video.

A final word from Andrew: “Please do contact McClure Solicitors for a free informal chat.  We will help you put your affairs in order, and then you can then relax and get on with your life! It is what we are good at so let us help you.”


The Hospice is pleased to be working with McClure Solicitors to offer you Wills and Power of Attorney documents at a reduced rate / in exchange for a donation to the Hospice

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