Neil Antcliffe, Legacy Partnership Manager at Cancer research UK presents a certificate of appreciation to some of the members of the Wills Trust and Probate team at HRJ Forman Laws Solicitors for helping to raise £441,000 worth of legacy gifts to cancer research.  From left to right: Neil Antcliffe, Jane Marland Solicitor and co Managing Director, Kelsey Lynch, Paralegal and Parmjit Johal, Senior Associate at HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors.

HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors honoured for helping to secure vital funds for cancer research

HRJ Foreman Law Solicitors, Hitchin, has been recognised by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £441,000 worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their will on the Free Will Service.  

Parmjit Johal, Senior Associate and the team at HRJ Foreman Law Solicitors were presented with a bronze certificate to acknowledge the firms ongoing support. The firm have been offering the Free Will Service to people aged 55 and over in Hitchin and surrounding area for the past 20 years, giving advice and support for those wishing to write a will or update an existing one.

As part of the service, HRJ Foreman Law Solicitors give guidance for those wishing to leave a legacy gift for Cancer Research UK.

The charity receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gifts in their wills. Over a third of its research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded through supporters leaving a legacy to the charity.

Jane Marland, Solicitor and co Managing Director at HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors, commented,”Writing a Will can give many real peace of mind. It allows them to clearly stipulate what happens to any dependents in their care and how they would like their families or friends to benefit from their estate.  For many, leaving a donation to a charity such as Cancer Research is also an important legacy. We are honoured to be able to assist and support them in ensuring their wishes are carried out.  Our team are very proud to have been a part of raising over £441,000 for the amazing work and support offered by cancer research.”

A legacy gift can be anything someone wishes to leave in their will. Traditionally this is money but it could be anything that has a monetary value like an estate or specific item. Anything left to Cancer Research UK can be marked to be ring-fenced for research into a specific cancer type or research within a local area.

Clare Moore, Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK, explained: “We all reach a stage at some point in our lives where we start to look ahead and consider what will happen to our financial affairs in the future, when we may no longer be around.

“By offering Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service HRJ Foreman Law Solicitors have become well informed about our work and are very supportive of our life-saving research. Whenever their clients express a desire to support us, HRJ Foreman Law Solicitors staff act with great sensitivity as they explain the various options and allow individuals or families to make the right choice in their own good time.

“It’s quite astonishing to think that by simply combining enthusiasm with the highest professional standards HRJ Foreman Law Solicitors have helped secure over £441,000 worth of legacy gifts, which will go a long way towards helping our scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer sooner.”

Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Every step taken by its doctors, nurses and scientists relies on donations from the public and the kindness of supporters who choose to leave a gift in their will.

The Free Will Service has been running successfully for over 20 years across a network of solicitors in the UK. Anyone who wishes to use the service is asked to consider leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK but is under no obligation to do so. For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s free will service, visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or call HRJ Foreman Law Solicitors 01462 458711

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