Our Make a Will Week 2017 was a great success, thank you to the solicitors who participated generously giving their time and skills to make it a great success.

Our next Will Week is in March 2018 please check this webpage again. Or email us here and we will get back to you. Do remember to tell your friends and families, Make a Will Week is open to all.

More about Will week
The week is designed to raise funds for Haven House via participating solicitors and Will Writers. In return for a donation to Haven House, your solicitor/Will Writer will draw up a basic Will or basic mirror Wills. Making a Will ensures that you have taken care of your family and if you also choose to give a gift to Haven House, you will help towards providing specialist care for children and young people from birth to 19 years who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and who are unlikely to reach adulthood.

This is also an opportunity to update your Will. As you know life often changes and solicitors advise that you should review your Will every five years and after any major changes in your life, eg:

  • getting separated or divorced
  • getting married (this cancels any Will you made before)
  • having a child
  • moving house
  • if the executor named in the Will dies

Did you know that the average cost of making a Will with a solicitor is expensive (approximately £150 +VAT for a basic single Will, £250+VAT for a pair of basic mirror Wills. The average cost of a codicil is £80+VAT.)

Local solicitors that take part and donate their expertise and time for free. Therefore we suggest a minimum donation of (this may change):

•    £100 for a basic single Will
•    £160 for a pair of basic mirror Wills

The aim of Will week:

The importance of making or updating a Will is to safeguard and provide for loved ones – especially if your circumstances have changed in recent years and your current Will may not consider children and grandchildren, changes in marital status or property ownership.
Legacy gifts, no matter what size, left to Haven House Children’s Hospice are becoming more and more vital to continue our work to help the children that we care for and also plan for the future. Find out more about what legacies mean to Haven House.

Watch our film 'There's No Catch' and make your appointment to make your Will:

FAQ'S for the next Will Week

Can I make an appointment outside of the Will week period ?
Will week is between the specified dates but sometimes the solicitor agrees to accommodate appointments outside that period. However, it is at the solicitor's discretion and may not be possible.

What if my Will is complicated?
The solicitors can only offer a standard or basic Will writing service free of charge. If your Will is more complex they will advise you of this and explain any costs which may need to be changed. You may refuse at this stage.

Is the Will writing or updating free of charge?
Yes. The solicitors have all agreed to give up their time for free in order to support Haven House. However, it is on the understanding that you make a donation to Haven House instead of the fee.

How much should you donate?
This is entirely a personal decision but there is a suggested minimum amount.

Find out more here about leaving a gift in your Will.

A Will is important and it gives you peace of mind that your family is financially protected.

Watch our Everyone's Got Stuff film and find out why it’s so important you make a Will and look after your loved ones.

To talk about the importance having a Will or leaving a gift in your Will, or Make a Will Week, please contact:

Teena Antoniou
Legacy Manager
020 8498 5845