wills could help improve family bonds
renewed political interest in good old fashioned family values,
legal experts are advising people to make and review their wills.
In recent weeks, marriage and families have featured highly on
Gordon Brown and David Cameron's political agendas as the opposing
parties debate improving social stability. According to Government
statistics, it is estimated that family breakdowns cost £24 billion
Wills and probate expert Leon Swerling, from national law firm Lewis
Hymanson Small (LHS), comments:- "Family ties and values have
slowly eroded over the last few decades, having an adverse affect on
society. This has led to a rise in family breakdowns and disputes,
especially after death over people's estates. Political
parties are placing a new emphasis on strengthening family units
with proposals of tax breaks and more financial benefits for both
married and cohabiting couples and families. If more people marry or
cohabit, and start a family, it is vital that they protect their
interests in the event of death. A well drafted will ensures
that an individual's estate is shared among the beneficiaries of
their choice and can minimise the risk of disputes and litigation."
According to Swerling, the vast majority of people are deterred from
making wills as they believe them to be expensive and confusing. He
says:- "A straightforward will can be made for less than £150
and can save a great deal of emotional distress after death.
Good solicitors will simplify the will making process for their
clients by running them through a simple questionnaire. The
questionnaire helps to eliminate legal jargon, identify any issues
and ultimately, provides individuals with a will that meets their
wishes. People should take heed of Government and political
moves to reform family values and take their own steps to protect
themselves, family and friends. Making a will should not be
considered a morbid task, as it can provide security and peace of
HAVE YOUR SAY ON FOREST PLAN’S FIRST 5 YEARS
into the Sefton Coast Woodlands Forest Plan, members of the public
are being encouraged to have their say on the progress made so far.
The review is focusing on gauging people’s opinions about work
carried out towards the Short-Term Objectives for managing the
area’s woodlands set out in 2002. Woodland tours, guided nature
walks and more are planned as part of the review.
Organised by the Sefton Coast Partnership, as part of this series of
events The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North
Merseyside invite you to a guided walk on Freshfield Dune Heath,
meeting at the Fishermans Path entrance at 2pm on Thursday 9th
August. To book a place or get further information please contact
Fiona Whitfield on 0151 9203769 or e-mail:
To get further information regarding the Forest Plan review and look
at the programmes of events please visit
British Red Cross appeal for Abseilers
Are you looking for a new and exciting
challenge this summer? Maybe you want to conquer a fear of heights?
If so, the British Red Cross want to hear from you! The Red Cross is
looking for abseilers to descend the 195ft Baitings Dam in Ripponden
near Halifax. With only three weeks left to register and places
filling fast, dare devils wishing to take up the challenge will have
to be quick! The abseil is taking place on the 18 and 19 August, it
costs just £10 to enter and the Red Cross are challenging abseilers
to raise £75 or more.
For more information please contact Jo on 0161 888 8915 or 07710 733