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Thinking of making a will? Consider taking part in Gloucester Cathedral’s ‘Make a will fortnight’

23 September 2014

Once again we have partnered with Gloucester Cathedral to run its ‘Make a will fortnight’ which will take place from 20 to 31 October.

The fortnight encourages people to make a basic* will or update an existing will free of charge.

As well as supporting the Cathedral with Crucible2, a high-profile, eight week sculpture exhibition running during this scheme, we wish to encourage people to check their personal affairs are in order, otherwise their assets may not be dealt with in accordance with their wishes upon their death.

More than two-thirds of people in the UK don’t have a will, running the risk of creating problems for their families if they should die suddenly.

Ruth Baker, Wills, probate and trusts associate from Willans LLP said, “There is a common misconception that if you die intestate (without a valid will) your estate will be divided amongst your immediate family. This is not necessarily true, and there are strict rules that dictate how your estate will be distributed and who is entitled to it when you die without a will.”

In some circumstances there can be further complications. Loved ones can potentially suffer real deprivation, delay and distress at an already difficult time. Making a will ensures that you provide for those you want to, and indeed those you need to.

Over the past five years there has been a doubling in the number of probate disputes being dealt with by the High Court, while in 2010 the Treasury gained almost £53 million from those who died intestate.

During the ‘Make a will fortnight’, Willans will be waiving their usual fee for making a basic* will, and instead invite those taking part to consider making a donation to support Gloucester Cathedral.

Ruth Baker continues: “Writing a will is very important so I hope that by once again taking part in this scheme we not only help more people to document their wishes, but also help the Cathedral to raise lots of funds.”

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “Everyone should have an up-to-date will as it ensures that their nearest and dearest will be provided for after they have passed on. We are very grateful to Willans for their support and this is a good opportunity to do it for free, so there are no excuses!”

To take part in the scheme, contact Ruth Baker TEP in Willans’ wills, probate & trusts team on 01242 514000 to make an appointment, mentioning the Gloucester Cathedral ‘Make a will fortnight’. By participating in this offer you are under no obligation whatsoever to include the Cathedral or the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral in your will.

For more information about this opportunity (including full terms and conditions) head to the ‘How you can help’ section of the Gloucester Cathedral website ( or contact the Gloucester Cathedral Development team on 01452 874963 or

 *A basic will is a will that does not require any inheritance tax planning advice nor the use of complicated trusts. If you think you may require either or both of these then please discuss this with the solicitor when you make your appointment. 

Simon Cook LLB (Hons), TEP
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