An initiative which inspired Island residents to start taking practical steps for the future has raised £1,400 for charity, and the two organisations behind it have announced further opportunities to get involved.
Earlier this year, Manx Blind Welfare Society partnered with local law firm Callin Wild for ‘Will Writing Month’, a special scheme devised to encourage more people in the Isle of Man to create a Will. Throughout March, anyone that quoted the Society while using Callin Wild’s legal services to make a Will received a discount on legal fees, with 50% of the fees received donated to the blind and visually impaired charity.
The two organisations launched the initiative to highlight the importance of having a Will and to get more people to take steps to create one, while also raising money for the Society. With fewer people than anticipated able to take advantage of the special scheme due to COVID-19, a decision has been made to run it again from 1st - 30th November 2020 to coincide with Callin Wild’s ‘Power of Attorney Month’.
The ‘Power of Attorney Month’ is a separate, but just as important initiative to encourage Island residents to consider making an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA). An EPOA enables a person to appoint someone to make decisions on their behalf in respect of their property and affairs, providing people the opportunity to exert more control over their future if it comes to a point where they can no longer manage their own affairs due to some form of incapacity.
The law firm will be running a special offer on EPOAs throughout the month of November, which will include a reduced rate for preparing the document and 50% of fees received donated to the Society.
Marc Furness, Partner at Callin Wild, said: ‘Understandably, people tend to only start thinking about Wills and EPOAs later in life, or in some cases, they are just not on the radar at all. In terms of a Will, if you were to pass away without one, it could cause difficulties for your loved ones as they may not be automatically entitled to your assets.
‘In terms of a EPOA, if you were to become incapable of managing your affairs and no EPOA was in place, in most cases, your family or loved ones will not automatically be able to deal with your affairs for you.
‘Coping with the grief of losing someone, in body or in mind, that you love is painful enough, but add to that the complex legalities surrounding that person’s assets, and you find yourself in an unbearable situation. By putting in place a Will and an EPOA you can greatly help your family and loved ones cope with these stressful life events and also ensure that your wishes are followed correctly.
‘The Will initiative was launched at an unfortunate time, with the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown being implemented midway through the month. To ensure our efforts have the desired impact, we have decided to run the scheme again in conjunction with ‘Power of Attorney Month’ throughout November with the aim to reach more people and raise even more money for the Society. Please do get in touch to find out more.’
Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson added: ‘The ‘Will Writing Month’ has been a successful and enjoyable initiative to be involved with. We are pleased to offer Island residents another chance to get involved this year whilst at the same time getting involved in the ‘Power of Attorney Month’. We always try to encourage our members to take a proactive approach in dealing with their affairs and both of these schemes provide them with the perfect opportunity to do so.’
To find out more and to receive the special discount for either scheme, contact Callin Wild by calling (01624) 623195 or emailing email@example.com. The campaign runs from 1st – 30th November 2020.