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This is one of the most common will writing questions. Your will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death.
You do not need a solicitor present to write a will, which is why you can make a fully legal will online at our site. As long as your wishes are simple, there’s no need to hire a solicitor to draw up your will.
You just need to get your will formally witnessed and signed to make it legally valid.
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Yes. For your will to be legally valid, you must:
- be 18 or over
- make it voluntarily
- be of sound mind
- make it in writing
- have it signed by your 2 witnesses, in your presence
You should review your will every 5 years and after any major change in your life. Some common examples are:
- getting separated or divorced
- getting married
- having a child
- moving house
- if the executor named in the will dies
Why not get started with our online will writing service now. You can sign up for regular updates to your will, to make sure it’s always up-to-date.
Once you’ve finished writing your will online, you need to print it off, sign it with two witnesses, and then store it somewhere safe.
You can keep your will at your home somewhere safe or store it with:
- your bank
- a company that offers the storage of wills – you can search online
- the London Probate Service
You should tell your executor (the person you’ve chosen to carry out your will), close friend or relative where your will is.
This is another of the most common will writing questions.
The executor of your will is given the legal responsibility carrying out your wishes and remaining financial obligations. The executor can be anyone aged 18 or over and they can be a beneficiary as well as an executor. You can also have multiple executors.
When you choose a guardian for your children in your online will, you’re choosing who will look after them if both you and their other parent die before they turn 18.
A guardian for a pet is a similar thing, but with pets you are choosing a guardian for as long as your pet survives.
Guardians can also be executors and beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries are the people you choose to inherit some part of your estate when creating your will. Anyone – apart from the two witnesses who sign your will (or their married partners) can be a beneficiary.
Possibly not, you can get advice from a professional if your will is not straightforward, for example:
- you share a property with someone who is not your husband, wife or civil partner
- you want to leave money or property to a dependant who cannot care for themselves
- you have several family members who may make a claim on your will, such as a second spouse or children from another marriage
- your permanent home is outside the UK
- you have property overseas
- you have a business