Making a will online: your complete guide

It can be hard to know where to start when making your will…

No one relishes thinking about what will happen at the end of our lives, but by visiting this website, you are taking an important step towards protecting the people who matter to you.

Making a will is the only way to ensure that your loved ones are protected if anything happens to you.

We have put together these resources to help you plan your will. If you want to discuss anything, please do get in touch.

 

Quick links to our will writing resources

Spouses, partners, children and divorce. Advice relating to making a will in different family situations.

About making a will. General guidance around making wills.

About Make a Will Online. Background information about Make a Will Online.

Wills for British expats. Information on making a UK will if you live outside the UK.

Gifts in Wills: resources for charity fundraisers. Supporters of more varied charities are leaving gifts in wills. Our service provides excellent information for fundraisers and supporters alike.

How to Guides. Step by step guides about making wills.

Latest from our blog. Keep up-to-date with news and affairs from our blog.

Spouses, partners, children, divorce

A pair of wills or mirror wills?

A pair of wills or mirror wills? Ideal for married couples and civil partners Make a Will Online offers superb-value pairs of wills. Once you have entered your details for the first will, you will […]

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Do married couples need two wills?

Do married couples need two wills? A joint will or two separate wills? Married couples should have two wills to ensure that each individual’s wishes are fulfilled. For example, if you personally own a watch […]

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Do you need to make a will?

Do you need to make a will? Why you should have a valid, up-to-date will If you want to be 100% sure that your possessions are distributed according to your wishes after your death, you […]

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Guardianship and wills

Guardianship and your will Appointing guardians for your dependents One important element you can manage in your last will and testament is guardianship of any dependents. When you grant someone guardianship, they have the legal […]

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I am getting married, do I need a will?

I am getting married, do I need a will? Do you need a new willl when you get married? Making a will may not be the first thing you think of when planning your wedding, […]

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I have separated from my partner; do I need a new will?

I have separated from my partner… do I need a new will? Between separation and divorce Unless you want your estate to pass to the person from whom you are separated, a new will is […]

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Wills and stepchildren

Wills and stepchildren The legal status of stepchildren in your will Unless you have legally adopted your step children, they have no automatic right to inherit under the laws of intestacy. The only way to […]

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About making a will

Are Make a Will Online’s wills valid in Scotland?

Are wills from Make a Will Online valid in Scotland? Scottish law is different Our wills are only valid in England and Wales as they conform to English and Welsh law. They are not valid […]

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Are online wills legal?

Are online wills legal? Making a will online – is it safe? The short answer is yes; online wills are legal, if you fill in the information correctly and sign/witness the document correctly. With your […]

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Choosing executors for your will

Choosing executors for your will How to choose the executors of your estate Your executors are the people who will manage your estate after your death. This is an important responsibility and you should let […]

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Do you need a solicitor present to write a will?

Do you need a solicitor to write a will? Do you need a solicitor present to write a will? You do not need a solicitor present to write a will. This said, there are some […]

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Do you need to make a will?

Do you need to make a will? Why you should have a valid, up-to-date will If you want to be 100% sure that your possessions are distributed according to your wishes after your death, you […]

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions Do you need a solicitor present to write a will? Expand You do not need a solicitor present to write a will. This said, there are some important reasons why you should […]

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How do you cancel a last will and testament?

How do you cancel a last will and testament? Is it possible to cancel a will? Cancelling your will is known as revoking your will. You can do this at any time by simply destroying […]

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Online Wills

Make a will online in less than 15 minutes Every document is checked by a fully qualified UK solicitor. GET STARTED Single will £39.50 | Pair of wills £49.50 | Printing and postage (optional) from […]

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Remembering a charity in your will

Remembering a charity in your will Make a difference Gifts left in wills are one of the major sources of income for UK-based charities. But while almost three quarters of people in Britain support charities, […]

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Storing a last will and testament

Storing a last will and testament Storing your will The original versions of legal documents, such as Wills and Powers of Attorney are the only legally binding versions. Scans, photocopies and computer records are not […]

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Video Conference Execution: the new rules

What are the new rules for signing wills?  When should I use them? New rules for executing (i.e. signing and witnessing) wills came into force in 2020 to take account for people trying to witness […]

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What happens if you die without a will?

What happens if you die without a will? Intestacy Dying without a valid will is called “dying intestate” or in a state of “intestacy”. Around a third of people in the United Kingdom die intestate […]

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What is probate?

What is probate? Administering an estate Probate is the process of dealing with a deceased person’s estate, including their finances and assets, and then distributing the estate among beneficiaries. With a legal and up-to-date will […]

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Who can witness a will?

Who can witness a will? Witnessing a will Witnessing the last will and testament is an essential step in making your will legal. If your will is not correctly witnessed, it is not valid. If […]

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Will writing glossary

Will Writing Glossary There are a number of words and phrases that you will often come across in the area of wills and probate. This article takes you through some of the most important ones. […]

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About Make a Will Online

About us

About Make a Will Online We started this website to offer an affordable, convenient and stress-free will writing service, perfect for busy people or anyone who would rather see their money go to loved ones […]

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Are Make a Will Online’s wills valid in Scotland?

Are wills from Make a Will Online valid in Scotland? Scottish law is different Our wills are only valid in England and Wales as they conform to English and Welsh law. They are not valid […]

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Contact Make a Will Online

Contact Make a Will Online Contact details Make a Will Online is a trading name of Digilegal Ltd, registered in England and Wales, Company No. 7613710. 2 Broomgrove Road Sheffield S10 2LR call us 0207 […]

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Data Handling Policy

This is a statement of personal data handling policy in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and GDPR, adopted by Digilegal Ltd. Welcome to the Digilegal Ltd’s privacy notice. We are a company that […]

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Disclaimer

1.     INTRODUCTION 1.1     You may access most areas of the Website without registering your details with us. Certain areas of the Website are only open to you if you register. 1.2     By accessing […]

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Money Back Guarantee

Money Back Guarantee Extra protection We firmly believe that the online wills made on this site are the best currently available in England and Wales. To support this claim, we offer a 30 day money […]

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Sample will

Page 1 of a sample will Our online wills have a clear and concise design. Documents with ornate designs are actually far less practical and are less favoured by solicitors. The document runs to a […]

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What is a “Solicitor Checked” will?

What makes Make a Will Online different? We exist to make sure our customers have the peace of mind of having a professionally made will. As part of this we ensure every will is checked […]

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Wills for British Ex-Pats

Local experts for British Ex-Pats

Making a British expat will? Speak to an expert UK expat wills – where to find local experts Each jurisdiction has a different set of rules around who can draft and legalise wills.  It is […]

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Wills for British Ex-Pats

Wills for British Ex-Pats Who should make an expat UK will? Around 5.5 million Brits live abroad, that’s almost 10% of the population.  Many of you own property in the UK and also abroad.  Because […]

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Gifts in wills: resources for charity fundraisers

Gifts in Wills a video guide

Charitable gifts in wills – a video guide Free wills for supporters, priceless insights for charities Welcome to our charitable Gifts in Wills platform. Gifts in wills are the fastest growing area of fundraising, and […]

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Gifts in wills for charities

Gifts in Wills for charities Make it easy for your donors to leave a gift in their will Our online will-writing service for charities puts you in control of your gifts in wills campaign. With […]

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Gifts in Wills Online: Ethics

Gifts in Wills Fundraising Online: Ethics How can you ethically attract legacies for your charity? Gifts in wills The benefits of an effective gifts in wills fundraising campaign can be enormous.  In our experience, gifts […]

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Gifts in Wills Online: Five Things To Do Before You Start Your Campaign

Gifts in Wills Online: Five Things to do before you start your campaign By Oliver Asha, Solicitor (in-house), Make a Will Online Make a Will Online lets charities to offer free wills to supporters who […]

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Gifts in Wills Online: How to Fundraise

Gifts in Wills Online: How To How can you ethically attract gifts in wills for your charity? Why the future is digital The rewards of gifts in wills fundraising are substantial, with over £3bn gifted […]

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Gifts in Wills Post Covid

We explore some of the changes in fundraising that occurred in early 2020. In this brave new world a strong gifts in wills message secures the future of a charity. Improved acceptance of technology in […]

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Gifts in Wills: Compliance with Fundraising Regulator

Gifts in Wills Online: Compliance with Fundraising Regulator How can you ensure your campaign stays compliant with the Fundraising Regulator? What is the Fundraising Regulator? Following the Olive Cooke tragedy the Fundraising Regulator for the […]

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Gifts in Wills: Why Make a Will Online?

Why use Make a Will Online How we help charities with industry leading supporter service, analytics and delivery. Why Make a Will Online? We work with charities of all sizes to help supporters leave gifts […]

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Remembering a charity in your will

Remembering a charity in your will Make a difference Gifts left in wills are one of the major sources of income for UK-based charities. But while almost three quarters of people in Britain support charities, […]

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How-to guides

Gifts in Wills Online: How to Fundraise

Gifts in Wills Online: How To How can you ethically attract gifts in wills for your charity? Why the future is digital The rewards of gifts in wills fundraising are substantial, with over £3bn gifted […]

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How to leave different percentages to your "alternative arrangement" beneficiaries

How to leave different percentages to “alternative arrangement” beneficiaries Sometimes you want to leave everything to someone when you die. But if they’ve died before you, that gift needs to be split between different people, […]

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How to make a free will with Make a Will Online

Make a will for free in five easy steps Time needed: 20 minutes. You can make a will on your own for free if you have straightforward needs and a simple estate. You don’t need to […]

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How To Sign a Will (“Execute the Will”)

How to sign and execute a last will and testament

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Make an Online Will in Five Easy Steps:

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Video Conference Execution: the new rules

What are the new rules for signing wills?  When should I use them? New rules for executing (i.e. signing and witnessing) wills came into force in 2020 to take account for people trying to witness […]

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