THE overwhelming number of people seeking legal advice meant Age Concern had to turn some away from its last free surgery in Worcester.

Rising property prices and the complexity of modern family relationships are among the reasons for the popularity of the sessions run by Age Concern Herefordshire and Worcestershire in conjunction with solicitors Harrison Clark.

"We are trying to encourage people to make provision for the future," said Angela Webber, of Age Concern.

"A lot of people don't make a will and imagine their property will automatically go to certain relatives, but that is not always the case.

"When a husband or wife dies, the other partner can find themselves having to sell the house, because only a portion remains theirs, with other parts apportioned to various children.

"People have complex family relationships nowadays and may not be married, which makes things even more complicated."

Questions about making wills or allocating enduring power of attorney to someone capable of handling financial affairs are frequently raised, together with tenancy issues and minor legal problems.

The next free legal advice surgery at the Age Concern office in Sansome Street, Worcester, will be held on Monday, January 31, from 10am to 12.30pm, followed by others on Monday,February 28 and Monday, March 21. Call 01905 726652 for an appointment.