What’s the Best Way to Make a Will?

29 March 2017

By Head of Wills, Solicitor James Antoniou

If you are considering making a Will for the first time, it’s understandable that the options available may seem confusing. Here we review some of the options as well as the pros and cons of each.

For initial advice about making a Will call our Will writers on 03306069591 or contact us online and we will help you, or Start your Will online and get the right Will for you in 4 steps.

DIY Wills v Wills Drafted by Legal Professionals

Writing your Will is a bit like trying to fix your own car. You can do it yourself if you want to, but there's always the risk that you do it wrong or make matters worse.

Unless you are familiar with writing Wills and understand the legal language required, you run a big risk that after your death, the law will not properly recognise your intentions as you wanted. Whilst you may feel that this doesn't impact you directly, it could impact your intended beneficiaries and leave them disappointed.

The only benefit to a DIY Will is that it’s free or cheap but it’s worth recognising that, if you don’t get it right, it could cost your loved ones thousands of pounds in legal fees to sort out your Will.

That is why many people prefer to use a professional Will writing service, and with prices at Co-op Legal Services starting from as little as £150 including VAT, it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

All Co-op Wills have a fixed fee price and once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work, that price will not change.

Make a Will Online, Face-to-Face or Over the Phone?

With all the technology available today there are many different ways to make a Will. There is no right or wrong way. It’s more a question of what is right for you and your situation.

Arranging an appointment and travelling to a Solicitor’s office for a face-to-face meeting is the traditional approach. However, for many people this is not convenient as typically appointments are only available Monday to Friday during office hours. This means that you may need to use up valuable annual leave from work in order to deal with it.

If you don’t have much time, making a Will online may be more suitable. It’s more accessible as you can do it whenever you choose. The challenge with using an online service is making sure that it is reliable.

There are different online Will writing services out there, with many offering little or no legal advice or support. Some online services simply provide a Will writing template for you to complete and afterwards offer a 'legal review'. Always check their terms and conditions because in a lot of cases this simply means checking that your information has been correctly put into the template. Therefore you are not getting professional advice or a Will tailored to your circumstances. This is a very important distinction.

For example, you may have an idea about what you want to put in your Will, but how do you know what is right? You may have questions such as:

  • Can you deal with your pension in your Will?
  • What about jointly owned bank accounts or property?
  • What should happen if your beneficiaries die before you?
  • What happens if your beneficiaries are under the age of 18 when you die?

These are typical issues that many people, quite rightly, want to understand.

Make a Will for a Fixed Fee

Co-op Legal Services offer an online Will writing service that enables you start making your Will online and includes an expert review over the phone to ensure that you can ask questions, understand your options and get a Will that's right for you in four steps.

All Co-op Wills have a fixed fee price and once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work, that price will not change.

For some people starting their Will online may not be appropriate because they don't really know where to start. That is absolutely fine. We offer an initial consultation to help you understand what's involved, what to think about, and the cost before you make any commitment.

If you decide to proceed then you can arrange an appointment with a Will writer to discuss your circumstances, understand your options and have your Will written for a fixed fee.

To make things convenient, you can do all this over the phone from start to finish.

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