Last ever Charity Golf Day at Royal Norwich Golf Course raises over £4,000

The historic Royal Norwich Golf Course in Hellesdon recently hosted its last ever Company golf day before it opened its new state of the art facility in Weston Longville on Tuesday 17 September.

The Company Golf day was held by East Anglia’s leading dedicated Will writing service, Heritage Will Writers and raised £4,375 for the Norfolk children’s bereavement charity, Nelson’s Journey.

Royal Norwich Golf Club General Manager, Phil Grace said “Events like this are incredibly important.  They don’t happen very regularly but they are part of the lifeblood of most clubs.  When you hold charity events, it gets members from other golf courses to come to your course and have a look round.  It raises really valuable funds, creates great camaraderie within the people that come to play and is great networking opportunity for golfers from all over to get to meet each other.”

Stuart Burrell, Heritage Will Writers Finance Director said “This was our third annual Heritage Golf day and it’s all in aid of raising funds for Nelson’s Journey.  We take our Corporate Social Responsibility very seriously and are delighted to have been recently shortlisted for a national “Community Involvement” Award.” 

In fact, Heritage Will Writers has been shortlisted for two awards – both the Regional Will Writing Firm of the Year and the Community Involvement Awards – at the upcoming British Wills & Probate Awards in October. 

Based in Hellesdon, Norwich, Heritage Will Writers has already had an amazing 12 months picking up two major industry Awards.  In October 2018 they were awarded “Regional Will Writers of the Year” at the inaugural British Wills and Probate Awards. 

This Regional Award was swiftly followed by another win in March 2019, when they were named “Will Writing Organisation of the Year” at the National Paralegal Awards with the judging panel saying “This business is impressive and has scaled. The entry contained a strong balance of  evidence in relation to qualifications, experience, scale, community and customer service.  An all-round excellent business.”

Stuart continued “Nelson’s Journey have been our Charity of the Year for the last couple of years during which time we have raised over £15,000 and counting.  They are a local charity, hold similar core values to ourselves, do a fantastic job and anything we can do to support them, we will. We are part of the annual Norfolk WILL Help scheme, which Nelson’s Journey enables Norfolk residents to have a basic Will written in return for a donation split equally between five local charities.”

“Heritage Will Writers are members of the Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance and committed to helping make Norwich a Dementia Friendly city and proud sponsors of Norwich Rugby Club which is a big part of the local community and brings together all types of people who have family and friends who play for or support the club.” said Stuart.

Heritage Will Writers shortlisted for two major national awards.

Heritage Will Writers has been shortlisted for both the Regional Will Writing Firm of the Year and the Community Involvement Awards at the 2019 British Wills & Probate Awards.

Based in Hellesdon, Norwich, Heritage Will Writers has already had an amazing 12 months picking up two major industry Awards.  In October they were awarded “Regional Will Writers of the Year” at the inaugural British Wills and Probate Awards.  The Regional Award was swiftly followed by another win in March 2019, when they were named “Will Writing Organisation of the Year” at the National Paralegal Awards with the judging panel saying “This business is impressive and has scaled. The entry contained a strong balance of  evidence in relation to qualifications, experience, scale, community and customer service.  An all-round excellent business.”

 “We are all so excited and it is such an achievement to be shortlisted again – especially in two very different categories” said Heritage Will Writers Managing Director, Kathy Long on hearing the news. “To be in the running for the Community Involvement Award (as well as Will Writers of the Year) feels really special because our staff work hard as a team to support local charities, causes and the local community where we can.”

Kathy continued “Over the last two years, we have supported Norfolk’s leading child bereavement charity, Nelson’s Journey as our Charity of the Year. We have also been part of the Norfolk WILL Help scheme, which enables Norfolk residents to have a basic will written in return for a donation split equally between five local charities.  Heritage Will Writers are also part of the Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance and committed to helping make Norwich a Dementia Friendly city.  As part of this commitment, our staff received Dementia awareness training and we also supported Dementia Action Week through our social media channels. 

“We are also proud sponsors of Norwich Rugby Club which is a big part of the local community and brings together all types of people who have family and friends who play for or support the club.”

The British Wills and Probate Awards were introduced in 2018 to highlight achievement and recognise the successes of those in the Wills and Probate sector.  Heritage Will Writers will learn if they have won at the prestigious Awards ceremony on 17 October at the Belfry Hotel in Birmingham, hosted by the Broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond.

Established in 2002, Heritage Will Writers are East Anglia and the South East’s leading dedicated Will writing service, serving tens of thousands of clients. In addition to writing Wills, the team offer a full probate service, a Client Care Package which includes secure document storage and can help with trust enquiries, Lasting Powers of Attorney and property ownership changes.

“It would mean so much if we are able to come back to Norfolk with (hopefully) both of these Awards” said Kathy.  “We are so grateful to all of our wonderful staff, clients and supporters who have helped us achieve this and thank everyone for your kind words of support.”

Buying a House? Talk to us

Congratulations!   Buying a new home is an exciting time and inevitably leads you to think about what the future might hold for you. Often a house move is triggered by a change in circumstances – new partner; marriage; children; divorce; inheritance…the list is endless. And while you are thinking of the future, it is vital that your loved ones and your assets (including your new home) are protected if anything happens to you.

You can make sure that you have full peace of mind in the future by putting your wishes into a Will, which sets out what happens to your assets and your family in the event of your death. You might be reading this thinking ”I’m too young to need a Will” or “I’ve already had a Will drawn up years ago” or “I don’t need to worry, it will all be taken care of by my family.”

If any of these thoughts are running through your head and you don’t think you need a Will, here are some facts that might make you think again:

  • If you have children, the courts may decide who will look after them in the event of your death
  • If you have recently got married, any previous Will you had is automatically invalid
  • If you are not married, your partner will not necessarily receive any of your estate nor automatically gain guardianship of any children
  • Your lovely new property may not be left to your immediate family in the event of your death
  • If you die without a Will, someone else will decide how to distribute your assets and in some cases, they could go to the state

Getting a Will

Thought provoking, isn’t it? So how do you go about getting a Will?  The perception used to be that getting a Will organised is expensive, complicated or just a bit morbid – Well, thankfully it is none of those things.  For example, Heritage Will Writers offer face-to-face appointments throughout East Anglia for their clients – either at our offices or at the clients home.  If you live further afield, we can offer telephone appointments to run through all your wishes and make sure the Will provides you with complete peace of mind.  We are passionate about helping simplify some of the complex issues so that having a Will is accessible and understandable for everyone.

Choosing a dedicated Will Writer means that you are dealing with a company that is an expert in their field and will be able to tailor your Will to your exact wishes and ensure the document is as unique as you are, rather than just completing a standard template.  It is important that you choose a Will Writing company that is a member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers (IPW) and has staff members that are STEP qualified so you know that your Will is going to be legally correct.  There are other elements to consider when arranging your Will including Lasting Powers of Attorney which is simply choosing someone you trust to make decisions for you if you become physically or mentally incapable of making these decisions in the future.  You will also want to choose a Will Writer that can help with protecting your property, probate (the practicalities of carrying out the instructions in your Will) and even offering a secure place for your Will to be stored. Heritage Will Writers offer all of this, and have won regional and national Awards for our service so you know you are in safe hands.

To arrange your new Will or update your existing one, contact us today

James Pond – Licence to Will

Meet our new recruit James Pond (Licence to Will) who is supporting The Grand Norwich Duck Race 2019.

2019 sees the eighth annual Grand Norwich Duck Race #GNDR19 raising funds for Break, a local children’s charity supporting vulnerable young people & families. 

The Grand Norwich Duck Race is one that individuals, companies and community groups can get involved in – culminating in a fun filled day by the water’s edge on Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August. Ducks race from St George’s Bridge by the Norwich Playhouse to St Fye’s Bridge. The Lord Mayor or Sheriff of Norwich will open the proceedings on St George’s Bridge.

The Duck Race isn’t until Sunday 25 August, but Pond will be having plenty of missions between now and then.  Keep up to date on all his secret missions by following @TheNamesPond007 on Twitter. 

If you see James Pond and want to get any selfies with him, he will be more than happy to oblige, but just asks that you tag him on Twitter (and don’t pull on his ears as it drives him quackers).

Charity Golf day 2019 – Book your place

Join us for our third annual golf day on Tuesday 3 September 2019 at the Royal Norwich Golf Club.

The day includes drinks and bacon rolls on arrival, an 18 hole round of golf (one of the last chances to play on this historic course), Two-course dinner and a Charity auction and raffle.

We are fundraising for Nelson’s Journey, a Norfolk charity that supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant person.

The cost is £250 per team – make sure you don’t miss out.

To book your team, contact marketing@heritagewills.co.uk today.

Charity Golf Day

Heritage Will Writers providing peace of mind for Langley School staff

East Anglia’s leading dedicated Will writing service, Heritage Will Writers, has partnered with Langley School to provide their school staff with a bespoke Corporate Benefits package.

Stuart Burrell, Heritage Will Writers Finance Director said “We know employee wellbeing is a key focus for organisations to maintain a happy and motivated workforce. For many, the wellbeing of their family and loved ones can impact on this, which is why we have created a Corporate Benefits package which will give Langley employees and their families complete peace of mind for the future.”

As part of the Corporate Benefits Package, Heritage Will Writers is offering Langley staff free consultations at the school throughout their working day, with a discount on Wills and access to a complete Estate Planning package of products.   

The last 6 months has been a cause for double celebration with Heritage Will Writers scooping “Regional Will Writers of the Year” at the Wills and Probate Awards and “National Will Writing Organisation of the Year” at the National Paralegal Awards.  The judges for the national award said “This business is impressive. The entry contained a strong balance of evidence in relation to qualifications, experience, scale, community and customer service.  An all-round excellent business.”

Stuart commented “Working with the Langley staff has been a real pleasure and we have had lots of very positive feedback– many saying that they had been meaning to write a Will for some time.  The relationship has been greatly enhanced by the Langley HR Team who are clearly focused on giving their staff access to a range of benefits and they have been very supportive in helping facilitate our time at the school.”

Langley HR Manager, Lynn McGarry said “As a School our staff are critical to our success, we are always looking at benefits that we can offer that really offer value and are meaningful. Drafting a will is often one of things on your ‘To do’ list that gets overlooked with daily priorities, therefore being able to offer an opportunity to have a free no obligation appointment during the working day with Heritage Will Writers was fantastic and offered our staff real flexibility.

The information provided in advance and on the day meant that the appointment time could be used to really understand individual personal situations that enabled them to make informed decisions, be that instructing to draw up a will or take away responses to other questions relating to estate planning with a view to following up at a later date. It also provided an opportunity for existing Heritage Will Writers clients to make amendments to their current Will. Their consultant, Phil was informative and concise and really provided a personal approach.  We look forward to continuing the partnership in the future.”

Stuart continued “Since launching their Corporate Benefits package, Heritage Will Writers has been working with a variety of businesses throughout East Anglia and looking at ways we can support their employees and their clients. Having recently received regional and national recognition gives our clients even greater reassurance and peace of mind about how we can help them.”   

Heritage Will Writers win national award

East Anglia’s leading dedicated Will writing service, Heritage Will Writers, has scooped a major national award in the National Paralegal Awards.Based in Hellesdon, Norwich, Heritage Will Writers won the Will Writing Organisation of the Year Award, fighting off competition from two other nationally recognised Will Writing and Estate Planning firms.

Heritage Will Writers Managing Director, Kathy Long said “We are delighted and honoured to have won the Will Writing Organisation of the Year Award. Much of the business we receive comes from personal recommendations and family referrals, which is testament to the great work our whole team does.  We are so grateful to our clients, staff and our network of supporters who have helped us achieve this.”

The inaugural National Paralegal Awards Gala final was held on Friday 29 March at The Mayfair Hotel in London. The judging panel had this to say about Heritage Will Writers: This business is impressive and has scaled. The entry contained a strong balance of  evidence in relation to qualifications, experience, scale, community and customer service.  An all-round excellent business.”

This is not the first time that Heritage Will Writers has been recognised for their achievements in the Will writing industry. In October 2018, they were awarded the Regional Will Writing Firm of the Year at the British Wills and Probate Awards.

Major Reasons That Parents Need a Will

Major Reasons That Parents Need a Will

Everyone knows the importance of a will, although many of us put it off for years, However, having a baby can often spur people into action, as they want to ensure that their child is cared for in the event something should happen to them. Whether you’ve recently had a child, or have children who have long flown the nest, it’s important to get your will in order and here are a few reasons why.

1.       Appointing a guardian

If you die without a will, and you don’t have a partner with parental responsibility, then the court may well appoint a guardian for your child. However, this might not be the person you’d want to choose. That’s why wills for parents should always include details of who you’d like to be a guardian, and if your partner is also making a will, you should try to appoint the same guardians to avoid legal issues. Guardians can be friends or family, but you should consider:

  • Whether they are willing to look after your child – it’s important to ask potential guardians
  • Their family environment – do they already have their own children? Can they take on more?
  • Their age – while you might want to appoint someone such as the child’s grandparents, will they be able to cope with a child?
  • Their relationship to your child – would they be happy to live with them?
  • Their values and parenting style – do they match with your beliefs?

2.       Leaving money for your children

Your will should clearly state how your assets are to be divided, and this includes money such as savings or life insurance. If you were to die while your children are young, you might want to set up trusts for them, taken care of by their guardian, until they reach a certain age. Many people assume that when they die, their money will automatically go to their next of kin such as children, but this isn’t always the case. Therefore, a clear and concise will is important.

3.       Your partner might not inherit your estate

More couples than ever are unmarried and raising children, and while this dynamic can work well, it’s important to note that it can cause problems when one partner dies. Despite popular belief, there’s no such thing as a common law spouse in the UK, so your estate could end up going to your parents or other surviving relatives. It’s important to have a well-written will to make the probate stage easier for those who are left behind, and ensure that your partner isn’t left without money, or having to fight for their share. If you are married, wills are still essential, as this can make life much easier for your surviving spouse when you pass, ensuring your wishes are followed.

If you’re a parent who needs a will, and you live in the East Anglia or Midlands area, then Heritage Wills offer a simple, face to face service in the comfort of your own home. Simply call 01603 894500, or e-mail admin@heritagewills.co.uk to book your appointment today or find out more.

5 Important Points You Need to Cover in Your Will

5 Important Points You Need to Cover in Your Will

Depending on your personal circumstances, the process of drafting a Will can be relatively straightforward. On the other hand, the process can become much more involved, especially if there are several people you would like to name as beneficiaries to your estate or if the assets you possess are substantial. 
Whichever category you fall into, there are still several important points that need to be covered to ensure that your Will is as accurate and as comprehensive in its detail as it needs to be. 

1. Guardianship and Custody of Minors

If your children are still young, it is imperative that their welfare is accounted for in the drafting of your Will. You will need to ensure that you have nominated the parties who you deem as suitable for looking after your children in the case you’re no longer able to. 
This isn’t so much of an issue if you’re married but is still an important point for consideration and needs to be discussed with your family. In addition, it might be worth looking into whether setting up a series of trusts is the best way to ensure that your children are taken care of financially. 

2. Distributing Liquid Assets

You have the ability to include everything in your Will that you own – and you should do so. This includes money, heirlooms, personal possessions as well as any other items you would wish to be passed onto specific members of your family. 
Each asset should be named in your Will specifically; making them much easier to be distributed during the process of probate. 

3. Distributing Property Assets

The property we own are usually some of the most valuable assets we possess. If you’re in possession of any property at all – even if it’s just your primary residence – this should be included in your Will to ensure that there are no issues with your Will being contested in the event of your death. 

4. Funeral Arrangements

Some of us will have a very specific set of wishes for the way in which are funerals should be organised. This may be for religious reasons or simply personal preference, but your Will is the best place to let your wishes be known. 
To ensure that you receive the burial service, cremation or funeral procession that you desire, be sure to detail your requirements explicitly within your Will. 

5. Appoint an Executor

It is always a good idea to appoint an executor who will oversee the process of probate on your behalf. Your nominated executor could be your solicitor or even a member of your family or a close friend, but do ensure that the person you nominate is happy to complete this task.

Heritage Wills: Providing a Range of Will Writing Services

For more information on the services we provide in relation to the drafting of Wills and nominating Powers of Attorney, get in touch with a member of our team on 01603 894500. If you would prefer a face to face appointment, we can also schedule a home visit by one of our trained consultants at a time to suit you. 

The Benefits of Appointing a Power of Attorney

The Benefits of Appointing a Power of Attorney

There might come a time when you are unable to make important decisions concerning your finances and wellbeing. The trouble is, not all of us know when this time will come as it can be difficult to pre-empt, with such a time potentially never coming to fruition.
If you are progressing in life, appointing a Power of Attorney can be the most straightforward way to ensure that your best interests are looked after, ensuing that you receive the peace of mind of knowing your financial interests as well as your healthcare choices are taken care of. 

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

A Lasting Power of Attorney or LPA is a nominated person who becomes responsible for looking after you if you suffer from reduced mental capacity. It is this person who becomes responsible for your financial affairs such as making sure that your bills are paid and that you can meet your financial obligations. They will also become responsible for ensuring that your wishes for healthcare are carried out to your exact instructions if you are no longer able to make your desires known.
It is important to understand that if you don’t appoint an LPA and subsequently become ill or otherwise incapacitated, your family will have to undergo a comprehensive court process to become your deputy and act on your behalf. 

LPAs are Legally Binding

If you have an LPA in place, it cannot be ignored and overridden as it as seen as a legally binding agreement. This in itself provides a great deal of peace of mind that your wishes will be adhered to. 

Preventing Family Feuds

Times of illness can be very stressful for families as they struggle to come to terms with potentially loosing someone close to them. This stress can add a number of complications to dealing with the care process for a member of family, especially if it can’t be agreed who should be taking responsibility. 
Appointing an LPA removes this element of conflict by allowing you to detail who should represent you, as well as what you want to happen in the event of you no longer being capable of making decisions or communicating effectively. 

In the Event of Your Death

In addition to your LPA, it is very important that you also communicate your wishes in the event of your death. One of the mechanisms for doing so is with the writing of Wills which allows you to decide what will happen to your estate and your possessions once you pass away. You are also able to appoint an executor on your behalf who will oversee your Will being progressed through probate. 
The other mechanism for communicating your wishes and protecting your assets is via the formation of what are known as trusts. It is these trusts which will allow you a greater element of control over the future of your assets via a strict set of terms. 

Heritage Wills: Providing Guidance in Appointing Powers of Attorney

To discuss your requirements for the formation of a Lasting Power of Attorney, call us today on 01603 894500 to speak to a member of our team who will guide you through the process and answer any questions or concerns you may have.