DIY Wills

You could write your own Will. In fact, high street stationary shops will even sell you a kit to enable you to do so.

But whilst the low cost of these DIY Will kits may seem very appealing, the £10 you spend writing one now could in fact cost you a lot more later down the line when changes need to be made, or when your family need to go through probate after you have passed. This can be very stressful for those that you leave behind, and during a time when they should be mourning, and having to deal with your estate using a Will which is incorrect, or worse invalid, that would be the last thing you would want for them.

If your wishes are quite simple, for example you’re married and you wish to leave everything to your spouse or children, then a DIY Will may well be a viable option. However, when things start to get a bit more complex, for example if you’re not married, or you own a business, children with a different partner, divorced, children under the age of 18 or perhaps have assets overseas, then it would be far more sensible to seek out professional advice to avoid any mistakes.

The most common issue with a DIY Will is when it comes to witnessing the document. For a Will to be valid it must be signed by the person making the Will (the testator) and two independent adults. Neither of these witnesses can be beneficiaries under the Will or the spouses or civil partners of any of the beneficiaries. If the Will is not signed correctly it will be invalid, meaning your estate will pass in accordance with the laws of intestacy and most likely end up with your estate not being distributed as you would have liked. With this being the case, it is advised that you use a professional Will Writer to not only draft the document for you, but to also ensure it is signed and witnessed correctly avoiding any difficulties upon death.

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