Is a Homemade Will a Good Idea?

Is a Homemade Will a Good Idea?
25 August, 2019

Civil Litigation Wills & Probate

DIY Is Not Always The Best Way Forward

The number of cases being heard in the High Court relating to inheritance dispute has risen sharply in recent years from 227 in 2018 to 368 in 2019, largely as a result of DIY Wills which are riddled with errors. These have usually been drafted by people who do not realise the legal complexities behind Wills.

Surely You Don’t Need To Get A Lawyer Involved?

At Cunningtons we often hear it is easy to download a Will on the internet, the answer to this is yes, they are cheap. However, when it goes wrong – as it quite often does – the cost of rectifying the errors or dealing with disputes arising out of a poorly drafted Will are likely to be incredibly costly and the length of time it takes to resolve matters can make a time of grieving even more stressful and upsetting.

A Will is not a one size fits all, there is a range of different estates and circumstances that exist between family structures, different types of ownership, it is highly unlikely that a Will that you find online meets your specific needs.

The Law Society’s View

The recent Law Society President, Christina Blacklaws commented: “Probate laws are complex, and DIY Wills can easily contain mistakes which render them illegitimate or difficult to administer”.

Cunningtons LLP will meet with you to discuss your specific requirements and then draft a tailor-made Will which meets your needs. We will also meet with you to sign the Will to ensure it meets the legal requirements for a valid Will.

Contact Bryony Wilmshurst on 01376 567280 or email bryony.wilmshurst@cunningtons.co.uk.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *