Equestrian specialist, Harry Hall, has introduced a new service as part of its One Club membership – a will writing service – after more than half of its members (54%) revealed that they do not have a will.

As developments in veterinary medicine and practices continue to evolve, horses are living longer which, tied in with the fact that more than 23% of Harry Hall’s One Club members are aged over 55, and 50 per cent over 45, equines are at risk of outliving their owners more than ever before.

The service, offered in partnership with Epoq’s LawAssure, enables owners and riders to make clear decisions in terms of what happens to their horses and other four-legged family members, should the worst happen. Without specifying these wishes any decisions will follow the laws of intestacy, which means your horse may not be passed to your chosen beneficiary, but instead, relatives in a particular order.

The service will be provided free of charge for Harry Hall One Club Gold, Gold Plus and Platinum members.

“We are committed to solving problems for equestrians in affordable and progressive ways,” said Liz Hopper, Managing Director at Harry Hall. “We’ve launched our new will writing offering in a step to continue to provide innovative, helpful solutions – particularly after 36 percent of our members told us that they’d be interested in this type of service.

“By including the service into our existing membership that also includes access to a legal helpline, public liability insurance and personal accident insurance all for £54 per year, we are making horse ownership more affordable. A legally binding will could cost as much as £317 from a solicitor. The service also includes online legal documents, like horse sale or prenuptial agreements, adding even more value to members for no extra cost.

“The service will ensure our members have planned for the future, broaching a commonly avoided and sometimes painful conversation of, who will look after your horse in the event of your passing. We encourage all horse owners to consider the longevity of their current plans – as horse owners are likely to be aged more than 45 years due to the costs associated with horse ownership, it’s important everyone within the equestrian community is considering what plans they want in place for their beloved horse.”

To find out more about the will writing service, visit harryhall.com/legal-advice

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