A Will is one of the most important pieces of documentation a person can make in their lifetime. Drawing up a valid Will ensures that an individual’s assets are transferred to their loved ones or those that they wish as they intended, in the event of their passing.
Unfortunately, it is also one of the most under utilised legal documents in the UK, with 84% of the UK population under 35 having no Will to speak of, and 60% of the population lacking an up-to-date version.
In this article we’ll discuss how you can make a quick legal Will, covering important areas and questions, such as:
- Why is it important to have an up-to-date Will?
- How to make a Will online
- Is making a Will online safe?
- How to make your own Will?
- How our online Will writing process works
Please note, this blog is intended for general information purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. If you need legal advice pertaining to Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Probate, please contact your local BakerLaw office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is it important to have an up-to-date Will?
In the event that someone passes without a Will, there are certain set rules which dictate how their money, property and possessions are allocated. Unfortunately, these rules may not accurately reflect how that person would have liked their money and possessions to be distributed.
Unmarried partners and partners who do not have a registered civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a Will. Consequently, the death of a partner, where there is no Will, may create serious financial issues and stress for their surviving partner.
If you have children, a Will must be made so that arrangements for said children can be made if either one or both parents pass away.
If your personal circumstances have changed, it is important that you make a Will that reflects this. For example, if you have separated, and your ex-partner is now living with a new partner, you may want to change who your money and possessions will go to in the event of your death.
It’s essential to note that if you are married or enter a registered civil partnership, this makes any previous Will you have made invalid.
How to make a Will online
People often put off making a Will because they think it will be time consuming, or they intend to get round to doing it later. Unfortunately, life is full of unknowns, and in the event of a sudden and unexpected passing, not having a Will can make the already emotionally charged and tragic time even more stressful.
These days, many people are turning to online services to make their Wills, doing so can save time as it doesn’t require travelling to a solicitor’s office. It is also often much more efficient and cost effective.
Our online Will drafting service affords you the peace of mind that your Will is legally valid and accurately represents your wishes. It is also convenient and straightforward, with varying levels of service depending on your needs.
Making a will online offers the ideal solution to draft a quick legal Will. For more information, get in touch with our online Wills solicitors.
Is making a Will online safe?
The short answer is yes. With the right firm, making a Will online is safe.
At BakerLaw, we understand any trepidation or hesitancy that you may have towards creating a legally valid online Will, as the internet is not without privacy risks. To protect our clients, we take extra steps to ensure their digital safety. This includes the use of a virtual ID check which can be carried out at home using a smartphone or a tablet, as well as a video call with our team to confirm your instructions.
Furthermore, all Wills are professionally checked and stored free of charge for your lifetime.
How to make your own Will?
It is technically possible to make your own Will without the support of a solicitor. To do so, you would need to find a free Will template online, using this as a Will writing guide.
While creating a Will yourself is an option, it is not recommended. Using a standard Will template, as opposed to working with a solicitor, is risky for several reasons, including:
- Your personal circumstances may not be properly considered
- Important matters could be missed
- If mistakes are made, your Will could be legally invalid, meaning that your assets may not be distributed as you intended
How does our process work?
At BakerLaw our process varies depending on which service you require. However, regardless of which service you choose, you will always have:
- Access to our secure online platform to enter your information
- A quick turnaround service
- Competitive pricing
- A video call with a Wills expert to confirm your instructions
- The drafting of your Will and a letter explaining the clauses
- At-home signing instructions, followed by a check of the Will after signing
- Complementary storage of your Will, for your lifetime
- Our services are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
To access our Will drafting service, speak to our solicitors in Farnham
If you’d like to create a Will in the most hassle-free and cost-effective manner possible, you can find out more about our online Will drafting service here.