Bury law firm to host ‘Dying Matters’ drop in sessions

Bury law firm to host ‘Dying Matters’ drop in sessions

Bury law firm to host ‘Dying Matters’ drop in sessions to encourage local people to talk about death.

Burnett Barker Solicitors in Bury St Edmunds will be hosting a series of drop-in sessions on 17th May 2018, as part of this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week.

As specialists in Wills, Probate and Family Law, Burnett Barker is hoping to provide local people with a private, welcoming environment in which to openly discuss death and their plans for the future.

The goal is to create a friendly space for people to ask questions about end of life care issues, such as making a Will, recording their wishes, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.

A recent survey carried out by Macmillan Cancer Support shows that almost two-thirds of UK adults haven’t made a Will, with many citing reasons such as “I just haven’t gotten round to it”, or “I’m too young to make a Will”. Many also believe that they “do not have anything valuable enough” to warrant making a Will.

Laura Ruffell (pictured), Wills & Probate solicitor at the firm says: “Making a Will isn’t just about how your ‘assets’ should be divided when you die. If you have children for example, a Will allows you to appoint a legal guardian or guardians should the worst happen. Accidents and unexpected events can (and do) happen, so it’s not just older people who need to be prepared. Making provisions for your spouse, whether you are married or co-habiting is also really important, as many people incorrectly believe that their loved one will be automatically entitled to inherit all of their estate when they die.

“We understand that talking about death can be awkward but it’s something we all have to face. Talking about it makes it easier to plan for and to deal with when it happens. There is often a misconception that by talking about death, you are ‘tempting fate’. In fact, by talking about death and associated matters and then putting appropriate plans in place, there is a huge sense of relief that loved ones will know your wishes and this will make an already emotional and stressful time easier to deal with.”.

Pop into Burnett Barker’s offices at 20 Whiting Street for tea/coffee and cake between 10am and 4.30pm on 17th May – there is no need to book and there is free parking on site.

All those who attend will also benefit from discounted Will and Lasting Power of Attorney fees, should they wish to make them; as well as receive independent advice and guidance on their individual circumstances.