According to a survey carried out by Will Aid, 62% of people in the UK prefer to use a solicitor to draw up and manage their will than using do-it-yourself or off-the-shelf options.
This research showed that the majority of participants believed that using a solicitor to make a will was the best way to make sure their wishes were taken care of. Of the remaining participants, 12% used a will-writer, 9% made their own will, and 17% chose banks and high street services or DIY kits. The study also revealed that many people are unaware of the fact that will-writers may be unregulated and are not required to have proper training or insurance to practice.
The main danger of an unregulated or DIY will is that the document may not be written correctly and could therefore be rendered redundant. Off-the-shelf options can seem like a good way to save a few quid but may well cause serious issues further down the line if they have not been adequately vetted and regulated. If you die without a legally binding will, your assets may not be passed to the people you want them to – particularly if you are unmarried or have step-children. A professional, up-to-date will is essential to ensure that your family avoid legal and financial difficulties after your death.
At Frances Lindsay & Co our wills and probate team have over 50 years of experience, “making sure your legacy is looked after and distributed precisely as you wish.” Whether you need to draw up a brand new will, update an existing document, or talk over inheritance planning or powers of attorney, we’re here to take the weight off your shoulders. Get in touch with us at www.franceslindsay.co.uk and don’t run the risk of an unregulated will.
Frances Lindsay & Co offer ‘a different kind of family law’ based in the Thames Valley with offices in Maidenhead and Beaconsfield.Tags: making a will berkshire, making a will buckinghamshire, making a will Thames valley, solicitor Windsor, wills and probate