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Five reasons to get your Will organised in 2017

Yesterday (January 16th) is officially known as the most depressing day of the year or “Blue Monday.”

After all the excitement and build-up of the festive season, it’s easy to feel a little blue as you unstick the tinsel from around your computer screen and put that snow globe back in your desk drawer. With dark and cold evenings, interspersed with a few unenthusiastic extra trips to the gym, January can seem a bit slow.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Longer nights-in mean that January is the perfect opportunity to buckle down and get organised for the year ahead. Even if you are not one for New Year’s resolutions, it’s the ideal time to start ticking those big, important tasks off your list (and no, I don’t mean finally cleaning out that one drawer in the kitchen where odds and ends wind up.)

I’m talking about something much more significant. In fact, it’s one of the most important things we’ll ever do in our lives: writing or updating our Will.

Here are five reasons why it’s really important to do it, do it now, and how Worldwide Cancer Research can help you with completely free expert guidance and help.

  1. It ensures that what you want, happens

Having an up-to-date Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are carried out and that the people, and the causes that you care about, will benefit.

If you’d like to write or update your Will for free, we can help you get started with our expert guide, just click here. 

  1. It makes things easier on friends and family

Leave your affairs clear and understood for family, friends and other beneficiaries. This can save any confusion later on. It is important to consider who you will appoint to look after your estate once you are gone (these are called Executors).

  1. It gives you peace of mind

It is important to consider who will care for children (if they are below aged 18) and any pets. Also, it's important to think about protecting the rights of your partner - the law of intestacy (which takes effect when you don’t leave a Will) can be complex. It may give you peace of mind, having things more organised and set for the future.

  1. You could save on inheritance tax

Sort out some of your affairs now with estate planning and asset protection- it also might save you on tax. If you chose to leave a gift to Worldwide Cancer Research for example, not only will you be making a difference for cancer patients of the future, but it would make your Will more tax efficient.

  1. It lets you leave your mark on the world

It's a chance to consider making the biggest gift to charity you may ever give. Your legacy could help the future of cancer treatment, improving chances of cancer survival for future generations by funding more much-needed research.  That’s a very powerful way to leave your mark.

If you would like to add a gift to Worldwide Cancer Research to an existing Will, you can do this using a Codicil form. Click here for a free example of a Codicil form.

Worldwide Cancer Research recommends using a solicitor for writing or updating your Will.

Not sure where to start? For a confidential chat about your Will and leaving a legacy, or to find out about our free Will writing service, you can contact our Legacy Manager on +44 (0)1334 477910 or legacies@worldwidecancerresearch.org

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