More than half of the adults in the UK don’t have a will: leading to family heartbreak, arguments, and extra costs. With new probate fees of up to £6,000 imminent in April 2019 estate planning has never been more important.
Legal Tech firm Make a Will Online breaks down barriers for access to top quality legal advice. Qualified solicitors are on tap for customers making affordable online wills. Solicitor-checked wills represent a new level of quality, affordability and peace of mind for customers and their loved ones.
Solicitors represent the “gold standard” for legal advice in the UK. Previously, solicitors could only provide advice through a Solicitor’s Firm, meaning clients had to book appointments (usually in person), and incur bills to write a will: often of many hundreds of pounds.
Make a Will Online has set the standard for online wills since it launched ten years ago. This month the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) approved a scheme to allow Make a Will Online to hire qualified Solicitors to check wills made by its customers. It joins a select handful of businesses in the UK allowed to offer the services of its solicitors to the public. It is the only one to specialise in making online wills.
Director Alex Hammond says: “We’re delighted to break down the barriers to quality legal advice for the public. We set up ten years ago to make sure nobody need die without a will. The SRA recognises quality of service we already provide. Now our customers have the peace of mind that their wills are checked by a solicitor. All our customers have the highest quality advice and support on tap.
Make a Will Online’s senior solicitor Oliver Asha says: “All solicitors benefit from intense training: at university, law school, as a trainee solicitor and extensive post qualification training. Bringing this to the public via an easy to use online platform is a truly ground-breaking innovation. We are looking forward to a new era of innovation and democratising legal services.”
Note to editors:
Founded in 2008, Make a Will Online is one of the UK’s longest established online will-writing services. Parent company Digilegal Ltd wants to democratise legal services by ensuring that everyone in England and Wales who needs a last will and testament has access to an affordable wills service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.