Wills and Will Writing
For many of us, writing a will is something that we put off until it is absolutely necessary. But it shouldn't be this way. Having a legally-binding will in place is the only way that you can be 100% sure your estate (all of your money and possessions) will be passed on according to you wishes in the event of your death.
Making a will is relatively inexpensive and is likely to save your loved ones a great deal of stress and anxiety in the event of your death. There can be some nasty surprises in store if your estate has to be divided according to the law as opposed to your wishes.
Will writing has never been easier. Contrary to popular belief; in England and Wales (or Scotland, for that matter) you don't need a solicitor to write a will for you. As long as proper procedure is followed and the will is correctly signed, witnessed and stored, you can write your own will.
This has led to the increased popularity of will writing kits.
But there is nothing like the peace of mind of using a tried and tested professional service, be it from a solicitor or an expert will writer.
How Can You Write a Will?
Using a solicitor is still the most popular option. This is because wills and probate solicitors are fully trained in how to create quality documents that will ensure your estate is divided as you wish.
It is strongly recommended that anyone with an estate of over £1,000,000 should use a professional solicitor's will writing service. The downside of using a solicitor for will writing is that they are notoriously expensive and many wills follow a highly standardised format that does not need years of legal training to fulfil.
Will Writing Kits have long been an alternative for anyone looking to avoid paying solicitors' fees. You can purchase a will writing kit cheaply in many high street shops or online. Apart from offering good value, will writing kits allow you to write a will at your own pace.
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of websites offering a service to make a will online. The quality of these websites varies and it is important to do your research before commiting to an online will writing service. The Law Society can help you find a solicitor.