March is Free Wills Month

Jonathan with his family
Jonathan with his family

Have you moved house recently?  Just started a family?  Or want to update your will?  There are lots of reasons why you might decide that now is the right time to make a will and help to save your family unnecessary stress and worry.   It often slips down our to do lists, but just 15 minutes of your day could give you peace of mind and show your support for the most vulnerable local families.


Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity, has partnered with leading online will writer, Guardian Angel, to offer its supporters the opportunity to write their will for free online, not just during Free Wills Month but all year round.   Guardian Angel’s service helps make will writing easy and you can save between £150-£1000, the average cost of writing your will with another will writing service.  It’s an easy-to-use step-by-step process and expert legal support is on hand if you need it.  And you can write your wiIl online at a time that suits you - it takes just 15 minutes on average to complete.  If you’re not sure about completing your will on line and would prefer to talk to someone, there is a free face-to-face option too.


One in four of the children supported by Julia’s House is funded by gifts in wills. So if you do leave a gift, to Julia’s House, you will be providing a lifeline of care to local families.


“Legacies make a huge difference to the children and families we support, not just today but they help to secure our care in the future too,” says Amy Martin, Legacy Fundraiser. “We couldn’t be there for the most vulnerable children and families in our community without gifts in wills.  A gift of just one per cent of your will could make a life-changing difference.  That feels like an amazing legacy to leave.”


Legacy donations help families just like Johnathon’s.  “Johnathon has a very complex and genetic condition called CHARGE syndrome. Each letter represents a different medical and physical issue that you could have with the condition, and Johnathon has got nearly all of them,” shares mum, Leanne.  “Because of his complex condition, Johnathon needs round-the-clock attention from someone who is trained to care for him. When Julia’s House comes that’s the only respite we get at home, and they are amazing. Johnathon gets 2:1 attention and they’ve got time to do messy play and baking with him. It makes him happy and I love to see him laugh and joke around – he’s a different child when they visit.


“The worry is always there with Johnathon in case he stops breathing, or his heart decides to pack up. It took me a long time to trust anyone, but I trust our Julia’s House nurses 100%; I don’t know what we’d do without them.”


Find out more and start writing your will today for free at: juliashouse.org/free-wills-service

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