Wimbledon Charity Offers Free Wills Service

Scheme marks Free Wills Month in March

A Wimbledon charity which helps guide people through bereavement is urging local residents to make a will this month.

Research suggests that around two thirds of adults in the UK haven’t made a will, yet dying intestate can cause serious problems for loved ones left behind, particularly if partners are unmarried or where children are involved.

To mark Free Wills Month, Wimbledon-based Compass is offering a free service throughout March to anyone in Merton who needs to make a will.

Compass Bereavement Service was set up by social welfare charity the Wimbledon Guild in collaboration with the NHS to help guide people through bereavement.

The organisation offers one-to-one advice and information to support people both before and after the death of a loved one.

Compass Manager, Sally Watkins said: “Losing a family member is one of the most difficult experiences most of us will face. Those closest to them have to deal not only with their own grief but often with the practicalities such as arranging a funeral, registering the death and all the other duties that must be carried out when someone dies.

“If that person doesn’t have a will, this is made so much harder and can cause additional distress and even financial problems for families during an already stressful time.

“No one likes to think about having to make a will, and some people can be daunted by the prospect and cost of the legal process, but we are here to help and our advice is free.

“If you don’t already have a will I would urge you to take the time to contact us at Compass this month and find out how we can help.”

Compass Bereavement Service offers advice on other practical issues around bereavement, such as the duties of an executor, should you be named as such in someone else’s will and probate.

They can also help people cope with emotional feelings surrounding the loss of a loved one by referring them to Talking Therapy in the borough.

For more information about the free wills service offered by Compass, call 020 8946 0735 or visit www.compassbereavement.org.uk.

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March 17, 2016