Do you really need a solicitor to write your will?

Posted Dec 21, 2018.

Writing a will is an important step that most people will undertake at some point in their lives. It’s one of those things that is tempting to put off and postpone, but as well as writing your will  ‘the earlier the better’ being the best advice, it is also important to understand the many advantages of  using a qualified, professional and experienced solicitor to write your will.

Will writing options - why using a solicitor is best

There are a range of options available when you come to write your will, ranging from ‘do it yourself’ kits, will writing services that don’t involve a solicitor and using a qualified solicitor or law firm. As with so many things in life, when it comes to will writing, you get what you pay for. Whereas the DIY approach or a will writing service may be cheaper (but not always!), a solicitor experienced in this area will be able to provide a highly tailored service that suits YOUR individual requirements, rather than the more usual ‘template’ or one size fits all approach often used by the others types of provider. Many of the other providers (such as a Bank) will also have other commercial tie-ins that they are likely to be more interested in trying to sell to you.

A solicitor will be able to meet with you in person, obtain a detailed understanding as to what you what from your will. They can properly understand what your asset situation is, advise and discuss who is best placed to be your will executor (an executor is an individual who collect together your assets, pay off the relevant debts and taxes and distribute your assets to the beneficiaries in accordance with your wishes in your will) and give advice on important considerations such as how to best organise beneficiary proportions and making gifts to charity. Your solicitor will then draw up a will that exactly suits your requirements, giving you peace of mind that your affairs will be handled properly and in accordance with your wishes.

Four main advantages of using a solicitor for your will:

They provide a face to face, personalised service that is designed around what YOU want.
Solicitors are comprehensive regulated by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) which gives you far greater protection should something go wrong.
A solicitor is fully legally qualified and will often have a detailed understanding of other legal considerations that may impact on your individual circumstances.
A solicitor will be able to offer secure storage of your Will and other related documents.

Don't delay...

Making your Will with Bakers Solicitors is easy, convenient, fast and rewarding. Don’t put it off any longer. Call now on (01252) 744637 and speak to Simon, our Estate Planning Manager, or email