A will can be a straightforward document, but sometimes a more complicated document.
Here we will discuss whether using a lawyer is right for you.
When using a lawyer can be beneficial
Most people don’t know the ins and outs of the law regarding death and estate that’s left behind. Also, the world of inheritance tax, business law, and overseas assets can all require expert legal knowledge.
Here we take a look at the main reasons where using an expert would be a good idea.
🌏 You own overseas assets – The law regarding how overseas assets affect the taxes due in the UK, can be complicated. A solicitor would be able to talk you through exactly how this affects your will.
💼 You have a business – If you're leaving all or part of a business to someone else, then you don't want to make any mistakes in the transfer of control.
💸 If inheritance tax will be due – A solicitor will give you guidance on the best way to deal with the inheritance tax and ensure your family gets as much as possible.
🤔 For complicated distribution of assets – If you feel as though the distribution of your assets may be in any way complicated, then you might require a solicitor to ensure your wishes are carried out exactly as you intended them to be.
Why use a lawyer of wills?
We’ve looked at when it’s a good idea to use a legal professional but what are the other benefits?
Saves time – When writing your will, you need to know how to make it legally binding and research any complications that may occur. This can take a lot of time and using a solicitor may be helpful.
Peace of mind – When using an expert, you can be confident that mistakes will be minimal. Solicitors are regulated so you know it will be done to the letter of the law.
Will storage – The executor needs the original will to carry out your wishes and leaving it with a solicitor can be a safe place to store it.
Writing your own will
Using a solicitor can be a good idea, but there is another option in this day and age. Technology can be incredibly helpful and now you have the opportunity to write your own will online.
The template of a will is easy to follow and making it legally binding can be simple. At Bequest, we wrote this article, a step-by-step guide to writing your own will.
We also have our own will writing service that can take care of your every need, from printing at home, to binding and storing. Learn how to take back control and create your own will.
Using a will writing service
As an important note, someone can describe themselves as a "will writing specialist" without being a legal professional. While that is true, that doesn't mean that they have expert-level knowledge in will writing.
If you want someone to help with writing a will that is not a solicitor, then you simply want to know that they are reputable and highly rated.
Let us help you
We can help you write your will completely for free. Just create your account and go through our simple and intuitive will writing platform.
Our wills are checked by JP Estate Planning after you have submitted them. And as mentioned above, you can choose to print your will at home for free, or, even let us take care of the printing, binding, and storage for you!