Is it ok to use this website rather than go to a “High Street” Solicitor?
Yes, it is advisable to use experts in a field, we have many Solicitors as clients and, when asked, they say that they use us because they are not experts in the field of Wills and recognise that we are, many of them work in Corporate Law, or Divorce or Conveyancing but come to us for their Wills.
Can I pay using PayPal?
Yes you can, all our online will forms use PayPal and you can write your will immediately, pay using PayPal and leave the rest to us.
Who can be my Executors?
Most people want to make sure that control of their assets stays within their family or group of close friends so these same people can also be your Executors, however, it’s quite acceptable, if you want to, to nominate a Professional as your Executor, the choice is yours.
You need a minimum of 1 and maximum of 4, if there’s anything complex in your Will, you should consider using a professional to act as Executor, if you type in Professional, we will act on your behalf and we will be able to offer you expert assistance in this field.
When does my Will become Legal?
Once it has been signed, dated and witnessed correctly, in accordance with the instructions sent, then your Will is a legal document and needs to be stored safely.
Is this an Automated service?
No, all wills are personally written by Matt Walkden unless you’re using the Will Do App.
Personally written by me online service click on this page – online wills This service takes up to 48 hours.
What happens once I’ve filled in the form?
Using the automated service, you make payment and download your will ready for printing with full signing instructions.
Using the 48 hours online will writing service, I write your will, email you a draft to check, then, when you’ve checked it and let me know that it’s ok, I print the original and post it to you with full signing instructions.
Who can be my witnesses?
Anyone can witness the signing of a Will as long as they’re not mentioned in the Will themselves, not related by blood or marriage to anyone in the Will, over 18 and not blind. Often next door neighbours or work colleagues are ideal.
Do I need to appoint Guardians?
Yes you do if you have any children under the age of 18. Your Will is the only place you can nominate your Guardians so it’s very important to do so. Ideal choices are your parents if they’re able to cope with your young family or your brothers/sisters or close friends, usually someone your children are already comfortable with.
What does “Residue” mean?
This is everything that’s left of your estate once all of your debts have been settled (including Funeral Expenses) and all of your specific gifts have been given out. This will include your bank accounts, your car, furniture and any property that you own unless any of these have been previously mentioned in your will to go to someone in particular.
Where should I store my Will?
You can store your Will anywhere you like but we offer a whole of life secure vault storage at a very reasonable fee and we strongly recommend that you take up this offer, imagine if you die in a house fire and your will is destroyed in the same fire, all of your efforts would be in vain.
Where can I get a copy of the STEP Provisions?
I’ve got them described on my website here along with additional info about the latest version.
How can I change my Will?
You can change your Will at any time, once you become a customer of ours changing your will is easy, you can e-mail changes to us and, provided there is no Trust change in the amendments that you want, we keep the fee to a very low level. If you require an upgrade to a different type of Will (e.g. one with a Protective Property Trust in) then we only charge you the difference between the Will you have and the Will you want, please call us for details.
What’s Tenants in Common?
This is a way of 2 to 4 people owning a house so they can each control their share of the house in their Will. If you own a house Jointly, it automatically passes to the surviving owner when you die, it is not controlled by your Will. If you own the property as Tenants in Common you can leave your share to who ever you want. More info on Tenants in Common.
My wife & I own a house that’s worth more than £650,000 on it’s own, are there still ways that I can avoid Inheritance Tax?
There may be but we need to assess your personal situation to give best advice so please e-mail or telephone us to discuss your situation. Please call us or use the contact form.