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Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors support Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013

Death is a subject many of us feel uncomfortable talking about. But failing to make preparations for later life may mean your wishes go ignored or unfulfilled.

Encouraging openness and communication are two of the aims of the Dying Matters Coalition, set up in 2009 to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement. Every year the Dying Matters Coalition runs a national awareness week to encourage as many people as possible to be thinking, talking and taking action to prepare for later life.

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 is ‘Be ready for it’, an action-focused call to action aimed at encouraging members of the public to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, both for them and for their loved ones.

These five steps at the heart of ‘Be ready for it’ are:

  • Making a will
  • Recording your funeral wishes
  • Planning your future care and support
  • Registering as an organ donor
  • Telling your loved ones your wishes

Speaking about this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week, Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of the Dying Matters Coalition and the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“Every minute someone in England dies, but many people still feel uncomfortable talking about end of life issues. Talking about dying, death and bereavement is in everyone’s interests as it can help ensure that all of us can get the care and support we want, where we want it, at the end of our lives.

“Through being more confident in talking about dying and taking the five steps we are promoting during Dying Matters Awareness Week to plan for the future, we can make a big difference.”

The importance of making a will

As part of our support for Dying Matters Awareness Week, here at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors, Dawn Joughin, head of our private client department, spoke at an event held this Tuesday at Willowbrook Hospice in St. Helens.

At the event, Dawn spoke to local healthcare professionals about the importance of making a will and she explained the points to consider when making a will as well as the requirements for a valid will. Attendance at the event was limited to healthcare professionals, but you can download Dawn’s presentation by following the link to the right of this news item.

Private Client Law at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors

The private client law team at Canter Levin & Berg are here to help if you need legal advice with any area of private client law. Dawn and her staff will be able to help you with any private client law issues you might be facing, providing professional private client law advice across a range of topics including wills, probates and estates, inheritance tax advice, lasting and enduring powers of attorney and the legal implications of long term care for yourself or for an elderly relative. To book an initial consultation fill out our enquiry form or call 0151 239 1000 and ask to speak with a member of our private client team.

By Dawn Joughin