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Will writing: solicitors or online services?

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01 Jul 14 #438341 by BirdyBelle
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I am now divorced so need to look at writing a new will. It will be straight forward as I only have my property and small amount of savings. I want to leave it all to my 2 kids, one who is now over 18.
Can I do it via one of the many online will writing services, or would a more expensive solicitor be needed?
I think my last will was done via the bank, but it was a good few years ago...
Advice/ experience of similar most grateful.
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01 Jul 14 #438342 by dukey
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What really matters is it''s drafted by someone legally qualified, a lawyer, and yes it can be done online, if not a lawyer stay well away from them.

I used wiki, think it cost £150, a real solicitor drafted it which gives peace of mind.

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01 Jul 14 #438346 by .Charles
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The most important thing to bear in mind is that the person who drafts your Will has adequate insurance in case their is negligence. Lots of cut price online services don''t have this kind of protection.

Historically banks would draft wills and appoint themselves as executors which is optional with solicitors. The bank would then charge around 5% of the value of the estate to administer the estate.

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