March Will Writing Month
Two local organisations are joining forces to encourage Island residents, both young and old, to plan ahead for what the future might hold.
Manx Blind Welfare Society and Island law firm Callin Wild have teamed up for ‘Will Writing Month’, a joint initiative to encourage people in the Isle of Man to make a Will.
Throughout March, anyone that quotes Manx Blind Welfare Society when using Callin Wild’s legal services to make a Will, will receive a special discount. The rate will be reduced to £200 for an individual and to £300 for a couple, with 50% of each processed Will donated to the Society.
Callin Wild is a respected full service legal practice offering expertise in all areas of general practice..
It has developed the new initiative alongside Manx Blind Welfare Society to highlight the importance of having a Will and to get more local people to make steps to create one in 2020; while also raising money for the Society, which looks after the interests of more than 500 blind and visually impaired people in the Isle of Man.
Marc Furness, Advocate and Notary Public at Callin Wild, says it is a common misconception that only older people need to make a Will, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
He explained: ‘A Will not only empowers you to decide exactly what happens to your money, property and personal possessions after your death, it is also one of the most important documents a parent can create to ensure their children are cared for by the people they wish if they were to pass away.
‘Without a Will there are countless difficulties that may arise. If you are not married or in a civil partnership for example, your partner, irrespective of how long you have been together, will not inherit your assets automatically and could well receive nothing without having to make a time consuming and costly claim against your estate. A simple and straightforward Will can prevent any of these difficulties from arising and ensure that your partner gets what you wish them to receive.
‘Callin Wild has set up the ‘Will Writing Month’ in partnership with Manx Blind Welfare Society, with the goal to encourage more local people to think carefully about their future and what might happen if they were to die. As uncomfortable as it might be to think about, it is so important to have this documentation in place, as without it, the division of your assets is out of your hands.
‘We do, unfortunately, see how quickly things can turn hostile after the death of a family member without a Will in place, and would encourage everyone to think seriously about where they want their assets to go and put this in writing, by making a Will.’
Manx Blind Welfare Society Volunteers Coordinator & Events Organiser Debbie Thomson added: ‘Writing a Will is something we encourage all of our members to do as we have seen first-hand how things can turn sour, which can be upsetting for everyone involved.
‘We are pleased to be launching this important initiative alongside Callin Wild, and the donations received will help us greatly in continuing to provide the vital services we offer to the Island’s blind and visually impaired community.’
To find out more and to receive the special discount as part of ‘Will Writing Month’, contact Callin Wild by calling (01624) 623195 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The campaign runs from 1st – 31st March 2020.