Making a Will Online by Helen Greenwood

This may seem like an appealing service as it can be quicker, simpler and lowers the cost but is it really appropriate for such an important document?

A Will is one of the most important documents that you will ever make. It is essential to make sure that your Will reflects your wishes and to get advice to be certain that you have made the right decisions for your personal and financial circumstances.  Being face to face with a lawyer will ensure that they are aware of your situation and any complications that could create disputes when you die. They can also address any unease, confusion or concerns that you may have.

Online services for Will writing are essentially a basic transcription service.  There will be no assessment of whether you have sufficient mental capacity to make and execute your Will, nor any checks made to ensure that you are not being influenced or pressured by anyone. 

Online Will writing also restricts the professional duties that are owed to you by limiting the advice you receive on matters such as Inheritance tax, foreign assets and assets passing outside of the Will.  Further, unlike Solicitors, Will writers are not regulated.  If there are any errors or ambiguous statements in the Will beneficiaries will have little recourse against the Company who prepared the Will.  A poorly drafted or ill-advised Will inevitably leads to added upset and stress for your loved ones at what is already a very difficult time for them. 

The process of drafting a Will is unique to everybody and there are many factors to consider.  Speaking with an experienced lawyer is essential to ensure that your Will is correctly drawn up.  Please contact a member of the Private Client Department who will be happy to advise and assist in the preparation of your Will.

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.