Lack of skills and information on Will writing worsened Henry’s pain despite the consistent cancer treatment for more than three years. Henry Owori is an ailing 78 year old man in in Tororo who has been battling cancer for the last 5 years. He was linked to UGANET lawyer in one of the new project areas of Tororo (where legal aid integration in palliative care is being piloted). The hospice staff informed the UGANET lawyer that Henry was among the many clients in need of legal support. He said that Henry had for long requested for assistance to write a will and was ever worried that one day he would pass on without organizing his family affairs. In every visit, his problem was not necessarily the replenishment of pain killers and physical pain but how to distribute his estate before he passes on. Though there were many in need of different kinds of legal and social support as highlighted by the hospice staff; Henry’s quest was urgent. In one of the sessions with Henry; UGANET lawyer found out that he had tried to write something like a will and he himself suspected that it had defects and indeed the version he had drafted was fully of defects to pass the test of a valid will. Henry was assisted to write a valid will and was very excited about it and could not only believe that he had minimized conflicts in his home after his demise but that he acquired the skills and drafted a will without incurring costs.
Above, Henry with UGANET lawyer displaying his Will, in one of the home visits. During the lawyers’ next visit to Henry, he was looking so much stronger and happier and he attributed it to the fact that he hadn’t been so anxious about his property and the family’s security, since the day he was helped to finalize the will.