Which? Legal have recently reported that 40% of people who responded to their questionnaire used a DIY, or free Will writing service, when making their Will.
With High Court disputes concerning Wills increasing by over a third in the last 5 years, this raises a lot of concerns as claims are often easier to defend if the Will making process was carried out properly by a solicitor.
In addition, 60% of the people who responded did not realise that their Will may not last a lifetime and may need to be updated. Often, people who marry do not realise that their existing Wills are made void on their marriage.
We at Browns Solicitors have seen many problems with DIY Wills, including a daughter not inheriting anything (when she was due to receive 80% of the estate) because her husband witnessed her Will.
In our Will appointments we ask about you, your family and your financial situation. It is not until the second half of the meeting that we begin to look at what you want in your Wills. This enables our lawyers to consider all factors that may be relevant but that you may not have considered yourself.
As well as meeting with you, preparing draft Wills, making alterations to Wills, meeting you to sign and then witnessing your Wills, we also hold your Wills free of charge at our office and register them on the Certainty National Will Register so they can be found easily by your family and beneficiaries on your death.
Our fees start at £165 plus VAT for a single Will.