On-line & postal Wills

Don't ! - It's as simple as that !

On-line and postal Wills are the equivalent of factory farmed food – produced in high volume, frequently of poor quality, they meet only one requirement. They are cheap.

Willpower don't do on-line or postal Wills. This is why:-

A Will is an individual, personal document to suit your particular circumstances and needs to be written with skill and precision in order to ensure that it does what you want, how you want it. To do this adequately requires a face-to-face discussion to consider your wishes and circumstances and how they can be incorporated clearly whilst minimising administration, potential disputes and taxation.

More and more Wills are being contested as the value of estates has increased with increases in property values and it is now worth paying legal fees to fight over a quentionable Will. A popular angle for lawyers to take when contesting a Will is to raise doubts over the circumstances in which the Will was made.

  • Whether the person making the Will understood it
  • Whether the person making the Will actually gave the information for the Will
  • Whether the person making the Will actually signed the Will

None of these points can be answered satisfactorily in a court of law if the Will was produced on-line. It is expected that Wills produced on-line will stand a greater chance of being contested (which will incur extensive legal fees) than those drafted by a professional who will be able to make comprehensive file notes relating to the Will making process.

On-line and postal Wills are only as good as the answers provided to the questions asked. Those questions need to be clearly defined and understood before they are answered.

For example:

  • If you were asked "how many children do you have?", would you know whether to include natural children, step-children, illegitimate children, foster children or adopted children ?
  • If you were asked to put an approximate value of your estate in order to minimise Inheritance Tax liability, would you know what to include, and what could be discounted ?

A wrong answer could make a total nonsense of the resulting Will, even though it could be valid and could have been checked by a lawyer

Everything that you have worked for is covered by your Will. Most people make or amend a Will infrequently so, when making purchases that are to last a long time (and maybe a lifetime) it makes no sense whatsoever to risk everything by cutting corners.

A qualified and experienced specialist is vital to the process. It is only through an in-depth discussion that you can be assured that your Will is appropriate to all of your individual needs and circumstances and most effective in limiting taxes and unnecessary legal costs.

People who should not consider making a Will on-line or via the post include:

  • People who want to exclude someone who might contest the Will
  • People who want to exclude one of the following (who all have a right to be included in a Will) from their Will

A Spouse

A Former spouse who has not remarried

A Child

A Stepchild who is living with them

Someone who is financially dependent on them

Someone who has co-habited with them for at least two years

  • People who own a business
  • People who own property abroad
  • People who want to leave something to someone who is on state benefits or has mental or physical difficulties
  • People who have children from more than one relationship
  • Unmarried people with an estate greater than £325,000 and who want to minimise the amount of tax that their estate pays
  • People who are in a relationship where one of them has been widowed, they have a combined estate greater than £650,000 and they want to minimise the amount of tax that their estate pays
  • People who are concerned that if they leave their estate to their partner, their partner could subsequently re-marry and leave the estate to their new spouse.
  • People who are concerned that if they leave their estate to their partner, it could be used to pay for the costs of their partner’s care should they need Nursing or Residential care in the future.


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