We thought we’d share with you some of the questions that we receive from our supporters:
I already have a Will, how can I update it to include a gift to St Joseph's Hospice?
You can make small changes to your Will without re-writing it, by using a codicil. This is a document used to amend a Will. It must be witnessed in the same way as your Will but can be a cheaper and quicker way of updating your Will. Your solicitor can help you to add the codicil to your Will. Don’t make changes yourself as it could render your existing Will invalid if this isn’t done correctly.
What information do I need if I am including a gift to St Joseph's Hospice?
The information you’ll need is:
Our full name - St Joseph's Hospice
Registered address – Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 4SA
Registered Charity number - 1113125
How can I find a solicitor?
You can use one of our Will Writing Offers to make or update your Will. If you prefer not to use any of these, the Law Society website is a good and safe place to find a solicitor near you:
Is making a Will complicated?
Making a Will can be more straightforward than you think, particularly if you’re making a simple Will. We recommend preparing beforehand by putting together all the information you need. You may wish to use our Will Planner to do this. Once you have all the information, you should be able to get your simple Will completed in a single solicitor’s appointment.
What is the difference between a single and mirror Will?
A single will is a Will for an individual. Mirror Wills are two separate Wills made by, for example spouses or partners - each of their Wills contain exactly the same wishes as the other.
How often should I update my Will?
It’s advisable to review your Will every five years, and after any major life events, such as the birth of children or buying a new house. It’s worth noting that marriage invalidates any previous Will, so you’ll need to write a new one if you get married. If you use our online service with Farewill, you can take out an annual subscription of £10 with them, which will allow you to update your Will whenever your situation changes.
Can I appoint St Joseph’s Hospice as my Executor?
St Joseph’s Hospice is unable to act as an Executor for your Will. The role is an important responsibility and often involves a great deal of work. As an organisation, we do not have the resources to deal with someone’s affairs and would need to hire external support, incurring additional costs. It's also not advisable to appoint an individual at the Hospice, as this causes difficulties if they are no longer working with us when the time came to deal with your estate. We would recommend that you choose a trusted relative, friend or your solicitor to take on this task. If you have any questions on executorship or administration of an estate/legacy, please email Lesley, our Legacy Officer or give her a call on 020 8525 3200.
How do I make sure my Will is valid?
- You must make it voluntarily and without pressure from others.
- You must have mental capacity. This means that you must be fully aware of the nature of the document you are writing and signing including the effect that it will have. You must also be aware of the estate mentioned and can easily identity the beneficiaries of your Will.
- You must sign your Will in the presence of two witnesses. You all have to see each other sign the Will, so none of you can leave the room until your Will is both signed and witnessed. Make sure that the witnesses complete their names, addresses and occupations on the Will.
Who can witness my Will?
Anyone who is over 18 years old can witness your Will. They must however not be potential beneficiaries of the Will, spouses of beneficiaries or members of your family. If a witness is a beneficiary, the Will is still valid but the beneficiary will not be able to inherit under the Will.
Our guide to leaving a gift to St Joseph's Hospice has more information on Will writing including some stories from people who have benefited from our services.