Using a solicitor is the traditional route when making a will. Personally, I’m attracted to any service that makes things easy, cheap(er) and simple. So the online will-making services (such as below) appeal to me.
However, I was concerned whether they would cater for my specific circumstances. Although these aren’t particularly complex, I do own businesses and share property ownership with other people.
Handily, there are some certain scenarios where you may want to consider paying for tailored, professional advice.
- You share a property with someone who is not your husband, wife or civil partner.
- Ownership of property overseas
- Ownership of a business
- Leaving assets to a dependent who cannot care for themselves
- Several family members claiming your will (eg, children from a previous marriage)
Importantly, will making in the UK is not regulated. Therefore, the amount of protection you have varies significantly. One of the key benefits of using a solicitor is that extra level of protection by having a will written by a practising professional that is regulated.
Lastly, using a solicitor means they will store the original will in a safe place.
Falling into several of the categories above had a big influence on which way I leaning.