Next week (May 9-15) is Dying Matters Awareness Week and Gerrards Cross-based law firm B P Collins LLP is hosting a special community event in Beaconsfield Town Hall to give local people the chance to talk about that most difficult of topics.

“The Big Conversation” coffee morning takes place on Friday 13 May, from 10.30am-1pm, and on hand will be specialist will and probate lawyers; financial experts, care home providers and funeral directors, all keen to share their wealth of knowledge and information.

Sharon Heselton, probate executive at B P Collins, said: “Talking about becoming ill and dying can be very difficult for families. We know from experience that discussing such issues and planning for the future can save a great deal of heartache and we hope organising this free event will go some way to helping people kick-start that conversation.

“Writing a will and putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney are all things we should think about sooner rather than later. Our experts have a great deal of experience in this sector and will be able to explain why it’s so important make sure your loved ones are cared for in the way you, and they, wish when the time comes.”

Sharon says the number of family disputes and contested probate cases is increasing all the time, and warns that the financial and emotional implications of ongoing legal action can far exceed the cost of taking professional legal advice in the first place.

Joining the law firm to discuss the various ways families can plan for future care and support, will be teams from Sunrise Senior Living and Universal Care, while Arnold Funeral Service will be on hand to discuss how people can record their funeral wishes.

Experts from Beaufort Asset Management will also be explaining the importance of sound financial planning in later life, as well as ensuring the people you care about are protected.

B P Collins is a member of the Dying Matters Coalition, which has nearly 32,000 members, all of whom are committed to supporting changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around death and dying.

The event is one of many being held throughout the country as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, which is designed to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda.

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