The Ministry of Justice launched a public awareness raising campaign on 23rd February 2015, which is aimed at highlighting the importance of planning for the future.

The #ChoiceNotChance campaign encourages people to make an active choice on issues that many people avoid thinking about.

The campaign is made up of three strands;

  • Making a will;
  • Making one or both types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
  • Signing up to the Organ Donor Register

Writing a will, and ensuring it is legally binding, ensures that an individual’s wishes are carried out on their death. It allows an individual to choose who inherits their estate and who will deal with distributing the estate. Having a will in place also allows the individual to appoint a guardian to look after any minor children left without a parent. 

Having a LPA and a will in place is an important part of planning for the future and gives people peace of mind, knowing that their choices will be respected. Setting up a LPA allows an individual to choose who will act on their behalf and make important decisions on finance, property and well being should they ever lose capacity, even on a temporary basis.

Encouraging people to sign up to the organ donor register ensures people’s choices do count.

Sally, Karen and Rebecca in our Private Client Team will be happy to discuss the preparation of Wills and/or Lasting Powers of Attorney with you.

To show our support for the campaign, we would like to share the link to information on Gov.UK/choicenotchance that provides information on how people can plan for their future.