A solicitor-checked online will in 3 easy steps:

Answer a straightforward set of online questions
Review, and only pay when you are happy
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Single will £29.50|Pair of wills £39.50
Optional printing and postage from £15
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Make a will online: a fully legal will writing service



At makeawillonline.co.uk, our secure will writing service allows you to make a will in minutes, at your convenience and for an excellent price. Once your will has been correctly signed and witnessed (full instructions are sent with the document), you will be legally covered and can relax in the knowledge that your estate is safe.


For your peace of mind, all documents are checked by a solicitor.

Completing and updating your will



Once you have started making a will online, you can sign in and continue at a time that suits you. You will find full guidance throughout the will writing process, explaining all of the important legal terms relating to wills and probate.


When you have finished making your will online, you can login and make free changes to the document for 28 days.


For even more peace of mind, our optional lifetime updates service (just £10 per year) allows you to keep your will up-to-date forever.



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Your will printed, bound and posted for just £15 per document




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All wills are checked by our expert solicitors and, once signed and properly witnessed, are fully legal in England & Wales.
Single will £29.50|Pair of wills £39.50

How does the will-writing process work?

Before you start the will writing process you should have the name and address of anyone you intend to name in the document. Postcodes are useful too, but not essential. You will be sent a link by email in case you need to come back at a later date to complete the will.

  1. 1. Fill in your information securely



    At the start of the secure online questionnaire, you will be asked to provide your address and contact details. These are strictly private and are used a) for production of the document b) to allow you to login if you don't complete your will in a single session c) to send the completed document (via email). You can find our data handling policy here.


    You then answer a series of questions about who you want to manage your estate, who you would like to look after your children (if you have any), who you would like to inherit your possessions and any conditions you wish to attach.

  2. 2. Review, confirm and pay



    At the end of the questionnaire, you will be presented with a summary of the information you have entered and have the opportunity to go back and make any amendments you wish.


    You then make a secure payment of £29.50 (single will) or £39.50 (pair of wills) - you can pay by credit/debit card or via a PayPal account if you have one.

  3. 3. Receive your will, sign and witness



    Once the secure payment has been made, the will document will be emailed to you at the email address you provided, along with detailed instructions for making the will legal and receipt for payment. Shortly afterwards, a solicitor will check the document to make sure that everything is in order. If anything is unclear, a member of our team will contact you by email.

    You can choose to receive a printed version of your will by post for just £15 per document.

Once these stages are complete, you have a fully legal last will and testament.

Validity

Our wills are valid for property held in England and Wales. If you have property overseas, you should check local laws and, if necessary, create a separate document to cover the foreign property.



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Where there’s no will – is there a way? What to do if an original will is lost or destroyed.



In order for the wishes in a will to be carried out, the original needs to be produced to the Probate Registry.  But. Sometimes wills just get lost.  What happens if this has happened to a deceased loved one of yours?  It might have been thrown out in a big clear out, lost in a fire, or put in such a secure hiding place that people might not uncover the document for generations (in a safe, buried under a tree, at the end of the garden?)

There’s good news and bad news in these situations.  Starting with the good news: if you have strong enough evidence of the existence and contents of the last will it is possible to have the will honoured. The bad news is that when you make an application to court to do this the legal presumption is always that if a will can’t be found, then the testator destroyed it with the intention to revoke it.  You need some pretty serious evidence to overturn this presumption, but it is possible.

Messy office by JF Martin

Photo credit: JF Martin

The take home message should always be that if you can’t find an original will at first you should go to very long lengths to try to find it.  Finding the original will provide certainty, and also save a LOT of avoidable legal costs. If you’ve contacted the National Will Register and been through every single piece of paper in the house/ storage/ shed, searched under the floorboards/ behind kitchen counters/ emptied the attic, rotavated the garden lawn and dug up the flower beds, and you still can’t find the original it could be time for you to make an application to the Probate Registry under s54 of the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987.

You can make an application under these rules where you either (a) have a photocopy of the will, or (b) have very strong evidence of what was contained in the original will (e.g. notes from meetings with solicitors, or notes etc).  As mentioned above, there’s a common law presumption that if a will can’t be found, it’s been destroyed by the testator with the intention to revoke it.

Your application will have to be supported by evidence of (1) how the original might have been lost (e.g. if the deceased had a habit of losing or throwing things away) (2) what you’ve done to try to find the original (see the notes above about searching in every nook and cranny), and (3) and some bona-fide evidence that the testator didn’t/ wouldn’t/ couldn’t have intended to revoke the will. This can be in the form of evidence showing that the testator continued to have a strong loving relationship with everyone who would have stood to benefit under the terms of the will.

If there are people who might have missed out because of the terms of the will (e.g. a child written out of the will, or a large charitable gift reducing the estate for the residuary beneficiaries) then the Probate Registry will give those people a chance to respond to the application.  If there is a contest then the application will be heard in court with evidence from the executors who have put the application together and those people who may lose out.  The courts will then decide whether the presumption that the testator destroyed the will with the intention to revoke it stands.  It is a tough one to overcome.

As you can see, getting the wishes expressed in a will carried out if the original can’t be found is an extremely laborious process.  The lesson in all cases should be to ensure that the original is well looked after so that these legal gymnastics aren’t necessary.  The National Will Safe provide an excellent storage solution and also register each will with the National Wills Register.  Failing that: ensure that you keep the will somewhere that is safe and secure, and also ensure that all of the executors know exactly where to find it.

Home is where the heart is: wills for expats in the UK and abroad…



If you are a citizen of the world you’ll have had the opportunity to sample different cultures, environments and languages.  You’ll also have dabbled in the legal systems: whether it be getting a property to live in, applying the local rules and conventions on the road or knowing what documents you really shouldn’t leave your home without.  As an expat you can make an expat will but there are other things you should always consider.

You might not have thought about what could happen to your property, commercial interests and bank accounts across the world.  Different countries that on the surface appear very similar can have vastly different systems when it comes to inheritance.  France and the UK make a good juxtaposition, with the UK have great freedom on who you can leave your estate to but in France at least 75% of your inheritance is predetermined whether or not you have a will.

Ben White - person with globe

Photo credit: Ben White

This leaves a confusing situation in which local laws, your citizenship and your domicile all come into play.  When making a will when you have interests in multiple jurisdictions you should always ensure you seek the advice of local experts in each of the jurisdictions where you hold assets.  A list of sources of local lawyers in the countries with most British expats can be found in our list of local experts for expat wills.

The dangers for your estate and your beneficiaries range from the risk of double (or sometimes triple or more) taxation on your estate through to your wishes being held to be unenforceable.  When making a will, you need the peace of mind that the wishes you set out can be enforced.

Things to consider are: the Convention on the Conflicts of Laws relating to Testementary Dispositions from 1961 (commonly known as “the Hague Convention of 1961”), “forced heirship” which applies in many European and Islamic countries, and rules around your domicile and residency.

The take home message from this post should be that it is imperative that you seek advice from a specialist in every country where you have a financial or personal interest to make sure there aren’t any problems in the future.

 

Wills for British ex-pats



A will from this site will be fully legal in England and Wales, but the situation becomes more complicated if you are domiciled in the UK but resident abroad. Different countries deal with the probate process differently and you should consult an expert on local law in the country in which you live.

Make a will online using our secure website and take control of this important step in your life.

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