WILLS ONLINE - EXPERT LEGAL ADVICE
Solicitors and their clients can complete a majority of the will making process through online communication and exchanges. It may not, however, be wholly accurate to term them "wills online" since some communication via post and telephone is needed. With today's technology, it is no longer necessary for the client to actually come into the solicitor's office. Most of the process takes place during a few phone calls when the solicitor will elicit specific information and instructions from you. The finished document will be sent to you through the post. Your solicitor will also include detailed, easy-to-understand instructions as to how the document must be executed in order to comply with the law. Not quite ‘wills online’ but reasonably close.
Finding services that provide DIY wills online isn't difficult. Plenty of websites offer DIY will kits and forms. A common but mistaken assumption is that using a DIY will service will save you money. In truth, however, instructing a wills and probate solicitor can cost the same as, or even less than, the services of these wills online businesses. For the about the same amount of money, you can have the services of a knowledgeable and insured legal professional. You will also have the benefit of true peace of mind.
Without assistance from a qualified solicitor, the fate of your entire estate lies with a DIY mass-produced document and the skills of someone with no legal training. Even the smallest of mistakes can lead to legal battles and major expenses for your loved ones.
The requirements of a valid will are numerous and oftentimes complex. Unsurprisingly, these DIY online wills, prepared without any guidance from someone who thoroughly understands the law, are fraught with errors. Some of these errors can even invalidate your entire will, leaving you no better off than if you had never made a will at all. Here are the most common mistakes made by those who attempt to write their own wills:-
failing to meet all of the legal requirements for executing a will, such as signatures and witnesses
failing to distribute all of your assets, thereby permitting the Crown to claim them
failing to plan for life-changing events, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce or civil partnerships, that can affect your testamentary wishes
failing to provide for dependents who have a legal right to support from your estate
having a beneficiary act as one of the witnesses to the execution of your will, which can cause them to lose their inheritance
Financially, citizens in the UK are doing better than ever before. Right now homes are worth an average of several hundred thousand pounds. You and only you should decide what happens to the assets you have worked so hard to attain. A clear, thorough will is the only way to be sure that your property will be distributed according to your wishes.
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