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Will writing services

Using a will writing service – before you start

 

Choose a service that has at least £2 million of professional indemnity cover - if things go wrong, this gives you a better chance of compensation.

Check that the service belongs to one of these organisations:

  • The Institute of Professional Will Writers
  • Society of Will writers

Members of these organisations must:

  • Have training that’s regularly updated
  • Be insured to cover legal costs if your will is challenged, and
  • Follow a code of practice approved by the Trading Standards Institute

If you use a will writing service from your bank, you should still check for membership of one of these two organisations – writing wills is not covered by the same regulations as bank accounts or investments.

How will writing services work

Will writing services can work:

  • Face-to-face
  • Online and/or
  • By post

Some banks offer a will writing service – ask yours if they can help. But make sure you check that you can choose your own executor as some banks charge a lot for this.

If you chose a face-to-face service, a will writer will usually make an appointment to come and see you at home.

They’ll talk to you about your family and personal circumstances, including

  • Your assets and who you would like your executors to be. Executors are the people who collect in your assets, pay any debts/taxes etc. and distribute them among the beneficiaries.
  • Who you would like to benefit under your will and how (i.e. in what proportions, including specific gifts, charitable legacies and so on) and give you advice on the best way to organise it.

When they understand what you want, they’ll draft your will for you.

With an online service you visit a website to answer questions about your will.

When you’ve finished, the service sends you a draft will by post or email for you and your witnesses to sign.

Some online services have a telephone helpline to help you with any questions, and some will let you speak to a specialist will writer before you start.

 Free Consultation No Obligation available if you live in Bexhill, Hastings, Battle, Rye and anywhere in East Sussex.

This message was added on Monday 21st May 2018

APS Legal & Associates is a Member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers

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