Do I need a solicitor to make a will? Private Wealth
Technically, you do not need to use a solicitor to make a will and there is nothing to stop you from making your own will. However, a will is a legal document and if it is drafted incorrectly, it could cost a lot of money to put right any errors. It could also leave your executors and beneficiaries with big problems. To ensure mistakes are not made or important details are missed out, we recommend seeing a qualified solicitor to draft your will for you.
Some firms claim to have dozens of ‘wills experts’ ready to draft low-cost wills. These are often unregulated will writers who create wills based on a standard template aimed at fitting everyone into the same mould. The reality is that no two clients’ situations are the same. To have absolute confidence that you have put proper arrangements in place and your wishes will be carried out, you should talk to a solicitor about making your will.
Here’s why The Law Society says you should use a trusted solicitor for all legal issues:
- Experts in their field – solicitors have years of training and are experts in the law.
- Client-focused – solicitors look at each case individually, so the advice provided is focused on your specific needs.
- Value for money – getting expert advice when making the most important legal decisions of your life ensures you avoid mistakes that could be costly further down the line.
- Honest and honourable – solicitors are regulated and abide by a strict code of conduct, so you can be sure that they will do what is best for you and your case.
- Approachable and accessible – a good solicitor provides a service that best meets your needs and will keep you informed every step of the way.