Else Solicitors Launch New Employee Wills Surgery

Announcing Our New Wills Surgery for Companies Who Want to Support Their Employees

Most employers want to help their staff whenever possible. However, your company may not be able to afford to offer additional employee benefits or support. But what if you could offer something that would help your employees and improve their happiness at no extra cost?

Let me explain why you might consider this. A recent study by economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive.

Professor Oswald said: “Companies like Google have invested more in employee support, and employee satisfaction has risen as a result. For Google, it rose by 37%, they know what they are talking about. Under scientifically controlled conditions, making workers happier really pays off.”

Something that can boost employee morale and happiness is additional and unexpected support from you. Our new Wills surgery has been designed to give your company a free (and unexpected) service that you can offer to your staff.

Here’s how it works – an up-to-date Will provides peace of mind generally, and can stop you worrying about what will happen to your loved ones when you die. However, it can be difficult, sorting out a Will – it is one thing to want to get your first Will, or update your existing one – it is another thing entirely to find the time to do it.

A Will is not expensive and it does not take long to have a Will drafted or reviewed. However, people often put off doing it, because they haven’t got time. Most employees are at work during a solicitor’s opening hours and they are often very busy outside work. A handful of people also think they’ll easily be able to get one after they have retired, and this may well be too late.

Over 20 million people have an up-to-date Will in place. Even for these people, they need to regularly review their Wills, as some major life events (for instance a death or a divorce) may mean they want to make changes, or could even invalidate the Will.

Else Solicitors is offering all companies in the Midlands a free Wills surgery. Our Head of Wills and Probate, Kathryn Caple, will come out to your company and spend an afternoon on site (or a whole day or longer depending on the size of your company) to talk to and answer your employee’s questions about Wills. This is the perfect opportunity for them to review their existing Will or find out more about putting one in place.

We would provide the e-shots, posters and literature that you need to promote the surgery, and also have some appointments with individual employees, as well as having open door times. All you need to do is provide us with a suitable room. You can take all the credit for the surgery and can rest assured that your employees will be getting the best advice about Wills and related documents.

You can arrange your free Wills surgery by contacting Kathryn Caple on 01283 526230 or at kathryn.caple@elselaw.co.uk. Alternatively, read on to find out why a Wills surgery might be important to your employees.

Why Would My Employees Want a Wills Surgery

It is important that every adult with assets has a current Will. If you die without a Will in place, then this causes major problems for all concerned. For instance:

  • You have no choice as to who will administer your estate – this is stressful and can lead to arguments between relatives.
  • The law dictates who will benefit.
  • If you live with someone but you are not married or in a civil partnership, then they will receive nothing (this condition is called intestacy).
  • If you have no family, then your estate will automatically pass to the Government.
  • It can take months or even years to administer the estate – this can leave your loved ones in serious financial difficulties.

It is also vital that people update an existing Will when something significant changes, such as:

  • Marriage.
  • Divorce.
  • Death of existing beneficiaries.
  • Births.
  • Serious Illnesses.
  • Buying or Selling Property.
  • Retirement.
  • Receiving a large inheritance or winning the lottery.
  • The inheritance tax system.

Here is a real-life example of what can happen:

A gentleman wrote his Will about 10 years ago when he was living with his girlfriend. He left everything to her apart from a small gift to charity. The relationship broke down and they split up a few years ago, but he never updated his Will. This meant that on his recent death, the bulk of his estate passed to his previous girlfriend.

So, as you can see, it is important that you update your Will when things change. It is also a good idea to review your Will periodically, and we would advise you do so every 3-5 years. Most of the time you will read through it and nothing will have changed, but there will come a time when you read through it and think “Oh no, that’s not right,” or “I really should change that bit,” or even “I can’t remember what that clause does!”

Kathryn can help your employees with such a review and the other points covered above as part of the Wills surgery. We invite you to discuss the benefits further and arrange your free Wills surgery by contacting Kathryn Caple on 01283 526230 or at kathryn.caple@elselaw.co.uk.

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