Support for Grapes Hill Community Garden

Heritage Will Writers is delighted to be the latest sponsor of the Grapes Hill Community Garden in Norwich.

The Garden is the brainchild of Fran Ellington who wanted to turn a rundown children’s playground into a beautiful garden. Work began in 2010 and now they grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers for the local community.

Heritage Will Writers Marketing Manager, Paul Rowlands said “ I recently visited the Gardens at a Norfolk Tweetup networking event. We wanted to show our support as it’s a real hidden gem in our beautiful City.”

The sponsorship is very timely as Heritage recently won Highly Commended for Community Involvement at the Wills & Probate Awards.  Their Finance Director Stuart Burrell said “to be Highly Commended in the Community Category is really special. Our whole team work hard to support local charities and the local community so this means a lot.”

Stuart continued “Since 2017 we’ve supported child bereavement charity, Nelson’s Journey, as our Charity of the Year. We’ve also been part of the Norfolk WILL Help scheme which supports 5 local charities. Norfolk WILL Help lets residents have a will written in return for a charity donation.  Heritage Will Writers are part of Norwich Dementia Action Alliance and committed to making Norwich a Dementia Friendly city. We’re also proud sponsors of Norwich Rugby Club. The club is a big part of the Norfolk community and brings people together who have family and friends who play for or support the club.”

As part of the sponsorship, Heritage are hosting an event in the Garden next year to thank their local supporters.

Heritage Will Writers finalists for regional Business of the Year Award

Heritage Will Writers has been announced as a finalist in the Medium Business of the Year Award at the prestigious Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards 2019

“We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as finalists for this prestigious award”, said the Heritage Will Writers MD, Kathy Long.  “Although our Head Office is in Norfolk, we cover all of East Anglia and this is a real recognition of the work that our Consultant John, and the whole team at Heritage does for our clients in the Huntingdonshire area.”

The dedicated Will Writing and Estate Planning provider has a well-established office in the beautiful market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Their Estate Planning Consultant, John Grantham, offers free home visits to clients throughout Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.  John also runs free drop-in Will surgeries every Monday morning from his St Ives office, where people can have informal chats about all elements of Estate Planning.

The Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards is now in its 22nd Year and celebrates achievements in business within Huntingdonshire.  The Medium Business Award that Heritage Will Writers has been shortlisted for, rewards companies “whose growth, ambition and quality of management has enabled it to deliver on a compelling business strategy.”

“It has been an amazing 12 months for us” continued Kathy. “In March we were named “Will Writing Organisation of the Year” at the National Paralegal Awards and have also been shortlisted for two awards at the British Wills and Probate Awards which are announced soon.  These awards are for Regional Will Writer of the Year (which we currently hold) and Community Involvement which would be amazing to win.”

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 win the Hunts Post Business of the Year award and for it to have pride of place in our St Ives office” said Kathy.  “I would like to thank everyone who has sent us messages of support and, of course, a great big thank you to our wonderful staff, clients and supporters for helping us be recognised.”

The Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business will once again be hosted at Burgess Hall, St Ives on the 1st November. Over 300 business personnel will come together to celebrate the best in business at the glittering awards ceremony, which will be hosted by ‘voice of the balls’ Alan Dedicoat.

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.

Heritage Will Writers add even greater Certainty to their range of services

East Anglia’s leading dedicated Will writing service, Heritage Will Writers, has joined Certainty the National Will Register to provide their clients with even greater peace of mind.

“We are delighted to be joining Certainty the National Will Register as it will help to ensure that our clients’ Wills can be traced by their loved ones in the event of their passing” said Kathy Long, Heritage Will Writers Managing Director. “At a time of loss, it provides a practical comfort for those dealing with the estate that the Will can be easily traced.”

Certainty the National Will Register is the Law Society’s endorsed provider of a National Will Register and is chosen, endorsed and used by the public, legal profession, PI insurers, Government agencies, charities, the public and other associated sectors and organisations to register and search for Wills.

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, secure document storage and can help with trust enquiries, powers of attorney and property ownership changes.  In 2018, Heritage Will Writers were awarded Regional Will Writers of the Year at the inaugural Wills and Probate Awards.