Two projects have recently given residents in Congleton the opportunity to make a difference to the community. The Chappell Centre and Age UK Cheshire East’s new Congleton Hub were set up following generous legacies left under the wills of people who previously lived in Congleton. Leaving a gift to a local charity either during your lifetime or in your will, however large or small, can make a real difference to those who benefit from it.
Helen Gowin, Head of Estate Administration and SAS Daniels’ Congleton office states, “It’s a common misconception that wills should be made only by those with children, or by the elderly or by those with a lot of money. That simply isn’t the case and no matter whether you have family or not or wealth to pass on, making a will is still an important way of making sure you decide who should benefit from your estate.”
It might be a timely reminder to think about making a will when someone in the family passes away and you should consider making a will as soon as you own assets or start a family. A will should be reviewed regularly and especially when there are any changes to the family’s circumstances. Ideally it should be reviewed every three to five years. It may seem morbid but by making a will you get a say in how some of your estate can pass to a charity and make that difference to others. For some people it can also reduce their inheritance tax bill.