The Free Will Service helps people aged 55 and over, or cancer patients and survivors to write or update their Will free of charge. It also gives guidance for people considering leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK.
Adam Blenkinsop is now taking appointments for those wanting to draft a Will under the service.
He said: “I am delighted to be able to offer support and advice to those Norwich and Norfolk residents wanting to draft a Will within the Cancer Research UK scheme. Making a Will can seem daunting and often becomes one of the jobs people continually put off. By supporting Cancer Research UK and offering free Wills to those who choose to leave a legacy gift to the charity, we hope more people will be encouraged to make provisions for their specific wishes. The process is really straightforward.”
Adam is well known in Norwich through multiple contacts within the business community. He regularly volunteers for the Norfolk Community Law Service providing pro bono legal advice to members of the public on a wide range of legal matters including private client, disputes and commercial matters.
He added: “Having qualified as a Solicitor in 2009, my experience includes advising individuals and corporate, charitable, and public sector clients on a wide range of contentious matters. I am very much enjoying broadening my practice within Private Client work, dealing directly with members of the public across Wills, probate, administration of estates and intestacy, powers of attorney, trust issues including setting up and administration, and disputed Wills. I am pleased to be able to support such an important charity as Cancer Research UK and hope to raise awareness of the vital work they do in our region.”
Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gifts in their Wills. Over a third of its research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded through supporters leaving a legacy to the charity.
A legacy gift can be anything someone wishes to leave in their Will. Traditionally this is money but it could be anything that has a monetary value like an estate or specific item. Anything that is left to Cancer Research UK can be marked to be ring-fenced for research into a specific cancer type or research within a local area.
Clare Moore, Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK, explained: “We all reach a stage at some point in our lives where we start to look ahead and consider what will happen to our financial affairs in the future, when we may no longer be around.
“At Cancer Research UK, we work with a number of local solicitors, including Hatch Brenner, to offer the Free Will Service to anyone aged 55 and over, or cancer patients and survivors, helping individuals to make an all-important first Will or update an existing one.
“One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. The generous gifts left by people in their Wills are so important as they help us continue the work that we do to beat cancer sooner. Without the money we receive from gifts, the progress we make through research would be far slower.
“We are always so grateful to anyone who leaves a gift in their Will to Cancer Research UK – legacy gifts help us find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.”
The Free Will Service has been running successfully for over 20 years across a network of solicitors in the UK. Anyone who wishes to use the service is asked to consider leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK but under no obligation to do so.
Hatch Brenner offers the Free Will Service to help the people in Norwich and working with Cancer Research UK to help beat cancer sooner.
For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service, visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or contact Adam Blenkinsop at Hatch Brenner via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01603 660 811.