Charity receives £6k through wills work

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Nearly £6k has been raised for local charity Cornwall Hospice Care by solicitors working for south west legal firm Stephens Scown during a recent Wills Week.

The company, which has offices in St Austell and Truro, completed more than 102 new Wills in exchange for donations to the charity. These figures smashed last year’s amount raised by Stephens Scown which totalled £2.8k

Between 18-22 May 2009, Dean Pope Mike Robinson, Julie Slaney and Leah Chenoweth at the St Austell office in the private client team volunteered their time and waived their fee on 64 new instructions.

Mike Robinson, legal executive at Stephens Scown in St Austell, commented: “We were overwhelmed with the positive response to this year’s fundraising efforts for Cornwall Hospice Care during Wills Week and delighted to have raised such an amount.

“Writing a Will is so important and shouldn’t be put off – by taking action now, it can help to prevent problems later on and gives people and their families’ real peace of mind. However, it should also be reviewed on a regular basis to make sure their wishes are still relevant and personal circumstances haven’t changed.”

Robinson added: “Bereavement is difficult enough but if you pass away without making a Will, the law takes over and you have no say in who benefits from your estate or who handles the administration of your estate.”

Cornwall Hospice Care is an independent local charity delivering specialist palliative care across the county. It runs two hospices based in St Austell and Hayle and outreach services for the community. Their team which includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and bereavement volunteers offer care and support to patients, their families and carers.

Kevin Marsh from Cornwall Hospice Care said: “We are thrilled that the Wills Week has been a success again this year raising much needed funds for our two hospices. We are especially grateful to the team at Stephens Scown for their fantastic support and to all their clients who have made a donation.”

Stephens Scown’s private client team handles all aspects of making a Will including appointing or acting as executors, updating existing Wills and creating new Wills, as well as dealing with inheritance tax issues.

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