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National Dying Awareness Week 12 - 19 May

Make sure your wishes are followed - talk to your solicitor about making a will

Research published by the Dying Awareness Coalition shows that nearly two thirds of adults in Britain have yet to make a will. Christopher Holten of QualitySolicitors Charlesworth Nicholl says it's never too early to make a will.

Christopher explained:

"The research shows that most people in Britain are uncomfortable discussing dying and death. That's perhaps unsurprising. More worrying is that over half of those with a partner (51%) say they are unaware of their end of life wishes and only 36% of adults have written a will.

"Only 6% of the public have written down their wishes or preferences about their future care, should they be unable to make decisions for themselves."

"It's never too early to see a solicitor and make a will. The very process of making a will can often lead to sensitive but important conversations taking place, which are of great support to loved ones in the event of a loved one’s death."

Christopher has recently joined QualitySolicitors Charlesworth Nicholl in the Wills and Probate Department.  Head of Probate, Mary Nation, said “We are delighted to welcome Christopher to our Probate Team.  In addition to preparing wills, he is able to give advice in relation to the following:-

Estate Planning using Wills, Trusts and lifetime gifts
Probate and Administration of Estates
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Trust Administration
Court of Protection Applications
Contentious Probate”

Christopher is looking forward to meeting old and new clients in the coming months.

Claire Henry, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care, said: "Dying is one of life’s few certainties, but many of us appear to be avoiding discussing it or in denial altogether. Talking more openly about dying and planning ahead is in everyone's interests, as it can help ensure we get our wishes met and make it easier for our loved ones. You only die once, which is why it’s so important to make your wishes known while there’s still time."

To get in touch with Christopher, phone 01363 774706 or e-mail


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