The dangers of a DIY Will

September 18, 2018, By

If you choose to either draw up your own will or use an “off the shelf” DIY will kit it, will undoubtedly cost you less than had you used the services of a solicitor.

However, it is quite possible that the cost saving is going to be the only benefit of taking this approach. In fact, it could be risky, for a number of reasons.

The completion of a will could be one of the most important documents you draw up during your lifetime. It helps to distribute your assets amongst your nearest and dearest when you die. Surely, taking comfort in the knowledge that everything is covered well in advance, and legally binding, will give you peace of mind. Sadly. many DIY will kits don’t live up to expectations.

A DIY will may be too simple

The most common reason is errors or ambiguities in a DIY will. If the will isn’t perfectly clear, it can lead to disputes. In turn, these can lead to property being left in a state of uncertainty, a loss of security or income for loved family members and a whole lot of stress, not to mention avoidable legal costs.

Sometimes a DIY will won’t be valid at all, particularly if the rules on witnessing it aren’t followed correctly.

Your will is a personal matter, to be effective your own personal and financial circumstances have to be considered. A DIY will is rarely personalised to you, nor can it provide flexibility should your circumstances change.

Doing it properly is worth the extra cost.

Writing a legally binding will

Our wills and probate team are experts in their field and work with clients of all ages day-in, day-out. They will help you create a watertight document to provide reassurance that everything is taken care of.

Writing a will with a legal professional will make sure that it is tailored to your circumstances. The team comes highly recommended, as you can see from our client feedback on Review Solicitors.

Whether you are writing a will for the first time, or updating it to reflect changes to your life, we’re here to help.

Call us on 0161 969 3131 or leave us your contact details and one of the team will be in touch.