Welcome to our latest Newsletter.

We hope you have had a lovely Christmas and send you our best wishes for 2012.

Have you made your Will yet?

It is estimated that over 50% of the British public have either not made a Will or, do not have an up to date Will.  In order that your estate may be divided and distributed as you would like, it is essential that you have an up to date and correctly witnessed Will.

I am aware that some clients who have had blank Will forms from me have not completed them and made an appointment for me to get their draft Will prepared.

I realise that it is a very difficult thing to think about, people often push the papers to the back of the cupboard for ‘another day’.

When a person dies without leaving a valid Will (or no Will at all), their property (the estate) must be shared out according to certain rules. These are called the rules of intestacy. A person who dies without leaving a will is called an intestate person.  Only married or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.

It is, therefore, very important that you take time to consider what you would like to happen to your estate and possessions and get this information noted, legally, in your Will.

So please can I ask you to sit down with a nice cup of tea, read through the paperwork I’ve given you [I can easily provide a fresh copy if you’ve mislaid it, just let me know], and make some notes about what you would like to happen once you are no longer here.  Then give me a call and we can put the procedure in hand to prepare your draft Will for approval by you.

Something that may concern you is confidentiality.  I can assure you 100% that I operate a strict code of confidentiality and absolutely nothing contained in any paperwork, telephone calls or personal chats between us will be revealed to anyone, without your consent.  I have worked within the legal and funeral sectors since 1978 and confidentiality has always been of the highest priority.

Introducing Denise Jones LLB (Hons) who will be working alongside Linda to prepare Wills and other legal documentation for our clients.  Denise is a fully qualified Solicitor with many years’ experience in Wills and Probate matters.

We are also offering other services which you may be interested in which include:

Lasting Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives (Living Wills), and help with the completion of probate forms and the registration of any Power of Attorney with the Court of Protection should you choose to undertake these tasks yourself

We also offer our Funeral Planning Service which enables you to choose exactly how you would like your Funeral to be held – religious or not; flowers or donations; burial or cremation; cemetery or natural burial ground – the list is endless – we have a unique, detailed and comprehensive Wishes Document which we work through with you and which will enable you to detail as much or as little about your Funeral as you wish.

A little thought and preparation means your loved ones are taken care of when you leave them

Friends and Family Discount Voucher

If you have any friends or family who would be interested in using our services, they will be entitled to 15% off our normal prices until 29/2/2012.  This means that our normal Will drafting price of £80 will be £68 until that date.

All they need to do is contact us by phone or email and quote the code WINTERWILL15 and 15% discount will automatically be applied to their Invoice for works done until 29/2/2012.

The Funeral Company is proud to be a member of Dying Matters, a broad based and inclusive national coalition of more than 15,000 members, which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards death, dying and bereavement.

You can contact Linda at The Funeral Company using the following details:

Email : thefuneralcompany@gmail.com  or  Telephone : +44 [0] 7775430016