Your will is a representation of your final wishes and the only way that you can outline exactly what should happen to your estate (including your possessions, money and property) when you die.Guides
If you die without a will, your estate will be shared out in accordance with strict intestacy rules and your preferences will have no bearing on who inherits what, which can cause disputes amongst family members and could leave your hard-earned assets in the wrong hands.
Here’s our complete guide to writing a will in the UK and how we can help you here at Wills Services.
Regardless of how much value you think your possessions or assets amount to, there are many reasons why you should write a will.
There’s no legal requirement stating that a will must be drawn up or witnessed by a solicitor, and it’s entirely possible to make a will yourself. But, creating a will that is legally valid and covers all bases is difficult and often requires hours of work, which is why most experts recommend using a professional service, like Wills.Services.
It’s easy to make mistakes if you try to write your own will, and these errors could lead to issues with the distribution of the estate when you pass away, placing added distress upon your loved ones.
Some of the most common errors made when making a will without a solicitor include:
It is particularly important to make a will with the help of a solicitor when your situation isn’t necessarily straightforward, including instances where:
Writing a will with Wills.Services gives you the best chance of avoiding mistakes, disputes and potential distress in the future, allowing you to specify exactly what should happen to your estate without the worry that it may not be legally valid when the time comes for it to take effect.
The standard cost for writing a single will with Wills.Services is just £39.99, which is cheap in comparison with Co-op Legal Service (£150) and Slater + Gordon (£42). This is the basic cost of making a will with us, but there are often promotions and deals available to our customers to help get an even cheaper price.
The usual cost of making a mirror will is £59.99 with Wills.Services, which is once again cheaper than the equivalent from Co-op Legal Service (£234) and Slater + Gordon (£84).
The executor of a will is the person responsible for initiating the will, ensuring that your final wishes are carried out, and organising the estate when you pass away.
You are able to choose one or more people to be an executor and it can be anyone over the age of 18, including loved ones and family members, solicitors, or banks. When you die, they are tasked with a number of responsibilities, including the handling of all legal paperwork, debts, taxes, funeral costs, and the distribution of the estate.
Due to the vast amount of time-consuming and complex issues that can arise with these responsibilities, it is often advised that you choose a solicitor as one of your executors, perhaps alongside a family member if you feel it is necessary.
See our executor and probate services for more information.
If you keep it at home or anywhere else, there’s always the danger of it being lost or damaged by the time you die, meaning that the will would become invalid and your estate would be distributed in line with the rules of intestacy.
By storing your will here at Wills.Services, you guarantee that your wishes will be carried out and you will be able to update your provisions as and when your personal situation requires.
Article reviewed 21st September 2021