Solicitors and hospice unite to offer free advice to terminally ill patients and families

SOLICITORS and a much-loved hospice have united to provide support and guidance to patients and their families.

QualitySolicitors Edward Hughes, which has offices in Rhyl and Colwyn Bay, will be holding free monthly advice sessions at the St Kentigern Hospice day care unit in St Asaph.

Solicitor Shian Hughes, from Denbigh, will be on hand to offer advice to service users and their families, and assist with the many issues that they might face at these difficult times, offering guidance and expertise in all aspects of probate enquiries and concerns, including Wills and Power of Attorney.

“It’s been good to sit down and listen to people’s concerns, help them where I can and just be there for a cup of tea and a chat,” said Shian.

“Discussing these matters is a sensitive subject, which is why the personal touch is so important, and making sure patients and their families are prepared, especially when they are at their most vulnerable.”

She added: “The most important and rewarding part of being a solicitor is trying to help people, especially at what can be a difficult time, so to make that as simple and painless as possible in advance is vital.”

Currently based at Bowen Court while the hospice undergoes a £3million revamp, the care unit is headed by Day Therapy Lead Debbie Gilman and a team of committed nurses, therapists and counsellors.

The environment aims to provide physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to enable patients to achieve a good quality of life while coping with their illness.

“We are here for the patients every day, but to have Shian and the support of Edward Hughes for advice and expertise has been invaluable,” said Debbie.

“The conversations are not intrusive; she is here to listen and be on hand to help with what can be a big issue.

“It’s not something people want to talk about because we automatically think of the worst-case scenario, but when you are poorly – or the one caring for someone who is terminally ill – writing up a Will is the last thing on your mind.

“Shian feels like part of the team, we appreciate her guidance and feel the two organisations working in partnership will be of great benefit to the community moving forward.”

According to research, the percentage of adults at risk of dying without a valid Will in place is around 60%, even more than the previous peak in 2011.

The study also found those aged 55 and over are three times more likely to have a Will than those aged 18-34. However, even in this age group more than a third (37%) don’t have one.   A common misconception is that people feel they are simply not ‘rich enough’ to need a Will.

Visit www.stkentigernhospice.org.uk for more on St Kentigern Hospice.

For more information on preparing a Will, call Shian Hughes at QualitySolicitors Edward Hughes on 01745 343661 or visit the website: www.qualitysolicitors.com/edwardhughes

 

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