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Do I need a solicitor to make a will?

By March 11, 2022Wills

Let’s face it, thinking about leaving your loved ones behind can be pretty daunting. Many people put off writing a Will as no one wants to think about their own mortality. However, writing a Will is simply about making sure that your loved ones have clarity regarding your wishes when you pass away. That’s got to be worth reconsidering, right?

Knowing where to start isn’t always easy, especially if you’re not well-versed in legal jargon. And for this reason, lots of people choose to seek professional help from a solicitor. But, the question is, do I need a solicitor to make a Will? More importantly, will seeking the services of a solicitor make a difference? We hope to offer some clarity.

Can you make your own will without a solicitor?

A will is the only way you can make sure that your estate goes to the people and causes you care about. With that in mind, making a Will isn’t something you should take lightly.

elderly couple making a will with a solicitor

First, you value your estate, decide who will get what and choose your executor. Then, the next step will be to write it all down. The good news is that there isn’t a need for a Will to be drawn up or witnessed by a solicitor. So, if you would like to make a Will yourself, it is possible to do so. However, if you decide to make a DIY Will, it’s important to make sure that it is valid. Using the wrong wording, or failing to observe the necessary formalities could impact how your wishes are executed or totally invalidate your Will.

When is it best to use a solicitor to make a will?

Disputes and misunderstandings are all too common problems for loved ones. In some cases, disputes may result in considerable legal costs that could potentially impact the value of the estate. With this in mind, it is usually worth seeking the services of an experienced solicitor, even if your financial situation isn’t complicated.

woman making a will with a solicitor

Say, for example, you have children with a previous partner. You will want to make sure that they are not left short. Having a solicitor advise you and prepare your Will can prove extremely useful. The solicitor will make sure that your Will has the effect that you want.

The benefits of using a solicitor to make a will

Using a solicitor to write a Will can offer you much-needed peace of mind. Let’s take a look at the benefits of using a solicitor to make a will.

  • You can appoint your solicitor as your executor. Deciding who to appoint as your executor can be tricky as there’s a lot involved. You need to appoint someone that you trust and who will be willing to take on such a big responsibility. A solicitor may be the perfect choice as they are experienced in estate administration and can easily navigate the process in accordance with the law.
  • If something goes wrong, you’re protected. You can make a complaint to your solicitor’s firm if you run into any problems.
  • Minimise the risk of mistakes. Using a solicitor will reduce the chance of your Will being invalid due to common mistakes, such as incorrect wording and using the wrong witnesses.
  • Save you time and money. A solicitor will take care of all the complicated bits for you
  • You will get expert advice and support. Solicitors will generally store the original copy of your Will in a fireproof safe at no additional cost.

How can Bromfield Legal help?

Here at Bromfield Legal, we work closely with you to tailor your Will to your specific needs. We will also help you manage your expectations about how your wishes will likely be dealt with when you pass. You can put your trust in our expert advice and support to make sure that your estate is divided properly and fairly.

Life is always better with a plan. Get in touch today to see why we are will experts.