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Dying Matters – come along to our drop in session for friendly advice


Talking about death can be awkward but it’s something we all have to face – talking about it makes it easier to plan for and to deal with when it happens.

As part of this year’s Dying Matters Awareness Week (14th May – 20th May) we will be hosting a series of drop-in sessions at our offices in Bury St Edmunds – providing local people with a private, welcoming environment in which to openly discuss death and their plans for the future.

As specialists in Wills, Probate and Family Law, our goal is to create a friendly space for you to ask questions about end of life care issues, such as making a Will, recording your wishes, planning a funeral or coping with bereavement.

Simply pop into Burnett Barker Solicitor’s offices at 20 Whiting Street (IP33 1NX)  for tea/coffee and cake between 10am and 4.30pm on 17 May – there is no need to book and there is free parking on site.

Dying matters, yet almost two thirds of adults haven’t made a Will

A recent survey^ shows that almost two-thirds of UK adults haven’t made a Will, with many citing reasons such as “I just haven’t gotten round to it”, or “I’m too young to make a Will”. Many also believe that they “do not have anything valuable enough” to warrant making a Will.

Laura Ruffell, Wills & Probate solicitor, says:

“Making a Will isn’t just about how your ‘assets’ should be divided when you die. If you have children for example, a Will allows you to appoint a legal guardian or guardians should the worst happen. Accidents and unexpected events can (and do) happen, so it’s not just older people who need to be prepared.

Making provisions for your spouse, whether you are married or co-habiting is also really important, as many people incorrectly believe that their loved one will be automatically entitled to inherit all of their estate when they die.”.

It’s time to speak about the unspeakable, and start planning

There is often a misconception that by talking about death, you are ‘tempting fate’. In fact, by talking about death and associated matters and then putting appropriate plans in place, there is a huge sense of relief that loved ones will know your wishes and this will make an already emotional and stressful time easier to deal with.

All those who attend a drop in session during Dying Matters week will benefit from discounted Will and Lasting Power of Attorney fees, should they wish to make them; as well as receive independent advice and guidance on their individual circumstances.

For further information, call us on 01284 701131, or pop into our offices at Collingwood House, 20 Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1NX – we have free parking on site!

^study by Macmillan Cancer Support, 2016