Thinking of Starting Your Will Online?

14 February 2018

When thinking about making a Will, you might picture having to travel to a solicitor’s office for a face to face appointment.

Whilst it’s always beneficial to speak to a professional advisor when making or updating your Will, did you know there’s another way to start yours?

With an online Will service, you can start to make your Will from home, at work or virtually anywhere with internet access.

We outline the key benefits, as well as the key things to look out for if you’re considering using an online Will writing service.

  1. Convenience

This has to be one of the key benefits of making a Will online. As long as you have an internet connection, then you can start the process of making your Will whenever and wherever you like.

  1. Speed

There’s no need to book a face-to-face appointment, which makes writing a Will so much easier to fit into a busy life. For this reason using an online Will writing service is often quicker than taking the traditional route.

  1. Cost

Online Will writing services can be significantly cheaper than face-to-face alternatives.

 

What to Look for in an Online Will Writing Service

Not all online Will writing services are the same, so it’s really important to check that the service being offered is the right one for you.

Here are some of the main things you’ll want to consider:

 

Is the provider authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority?

Many online Will providers are not regulated, which means that there’s little you can do if you discover problems with your Will in the future. Many unregulated services also exclude liability if the Will is wrong or ineffective in their terms and conditions – so you need to read these carefully.

 

Will you get advice and support from a Will writer?

Many online Will writing providers simply provide a template for you to fill out, or sell a complete DIY service. It’s important that your Will is tailored to your individual circumstances and written by an experienced Will writer. A poorly written Will can be as ineffective as not having a Will in place at all.

When you make a Will online with Co-op Legal Services, you can start your will online and then receive a telephone call from an experienced Will writer to discuss your circumstances, talk through you requirements for remembering a charity in your Will and answer your questions. They’ll make sure that your Will caters to your particular needs and your circumstances.

 

Are you going to be sent a draft Will to review before signing the original?

Your Will is such an important legal document, which can have serious ramifications if it’s wrong so you’ll want to be certain that everything’s correct. With us you’ll receive a draft Will in the post to review in your own time. Once you’ve confirmed you’re happy you’ll be sent the original to sign and return.

 

How is your Will going to be stored?

Once you’ve made your Will, you certainly won’t want to lose it! Will you be sent the original document to store yourself, emailed a digital version or will the original document be stored securely for you? When you make your Will with us, it will be securely stored for you, for free, for the rest of your life.

By telling your loved ones that “my Will is with the Co-op” your Will can be quick and easy to locate, eliminating the possibly of your Will being lost or accidentally destroyed if you had to store it yourself.

Co-op Legal Services was the first corporate organisation to be recognised by Remember A Charity to raise £15 million in potential charitable legacies through its Will writing services. Today this figure exceeds £20 million in potential gifts to charities.

Find out more about making a Will online and our exclusive offer.

James Antoniou, TEP, Head of Wills & Senior Solicitor, Co-op Legal Services