How many of us would swap time in the sun for making a Will? According to a recent survey most of us would rather spend the money on a holiday – for which I can already predict your response – “well it’s hardly a surprise!”
DIY Will Kits are readily available all over the high street and it is easy to see why this is a desirable option. The low cost hassle-free element alone would entice most of us, in a society where time is of the essence and booking an appointment to see a solicitor is not top of the agenda. Caution should however be taken when using a DIY Will kit purchased over the counter.
Failing to use the correct wording could result in a situation you did not wish for or even worse, that your Will is not valid at all. It is always uncomfortable to plan what the future may look like without you, but it is important in order to spare your family the joint heartbreak of your loss and the potential shock that your Will hasn’t quite achieved your wishes.
The following examples seek to show the potentially devastating consequences of a DIY Will:
These examples serve as a reminder that whilst it may take more time and money, a solicitor drafting a will is experienced in recognising these situations and it is our role to pose the right questions to prevent uncertainty, allow your true wishes to be recorded and ensure these are capable of being carried out. In other words, whilst homemade Wills might be attractive from an immediate cost saving point of view, in the long term they can cause serious problems, which are ultimately very expensive to resolve.