Online Will Made Easy

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Catrin, UK Solicitor
05/03/2024 ● 4 minutes
The fusion of tech­no­lo­gy and legal frame­works has made it pos­sible for people to pre­pare their Wills online, of­fer­ing a seam­less, ac­cess­ible, and ef­fi­cient al­tern­at­ive to the tra­di­tion­al, often time-con­sum­ing pro­cess.

The di­git­al re­volu­tion has trans­formed the land­scape of legal ser­vices, making the pro­cess of writ­ing a Will both ac­cess­ible and con­veni­ent. This blend of legal ex­pert­ise with di­git­al ef­fi­ciency has re­volu­tion­ised estate plan­ning, en­abling in­di­vidu­als to pre­pare their wills online with un­pre­ced­en­ted ease, speed, and legal de­pend­ab­il­ity.

Having a Will is cru­cial for en­sur­ing your assets are dis­trib­uted as you wish after you pass away, avoid­ing the de­fault in­test­acy laws. This allows you to des­ig­nate guard­i­ans for minors and de­pend­ents, pre­vent­ing the courts from making de­cisions that are po­ten­tially con­trary to your final wishes. Ul­ti­mately, a Will offers peace of mind, en­sur­ing your loved ones are cared for ac­cording to your in­ten­tions.

In this art­icle, we’ll give you all the de­tails on making an online Will, in­clud­ing what an online Will is, why online Wills have become pop­u­lar, and the dif­fer­ence between online tem­plates and online ser­vices.

Online Wills: Al­tern­at­ive to using a Lawyer?

There are sev­er­al vari­et­ies of online Wills avail­able to cater to dif­fer­ent needs, in­clud­ing both tem­plate-based op­tions and com­pre­hens­ive legal ser­vices.

Tem­plate-based online Wills offer a straight­for­ward, fill-in-the-blank ap­proach for those seek­ing sim­pli­city and speed, while online legal ser­vices provide a more in-depth ex­per­i­ence, guid­ing users through cus­tom­ised estate plan­ning with the aid of legal ex­pert­ise.

However, these legal ser­vices can serve as a cost-ef­fect­ive al­tern­at­ive to tra­di­tion­al law­yers who typ­ic­ally charge by the hour, present­ing an ac­cess­ible and ef­fi­cient solu­tion for cre­at­ing a leg­ally bind­ing Will without the hefty price tag.

Tem­plates are often cheaper and can be com­pleted quickly, making it a con­veni­ent option for those in a rush. Even free Will tem­plates exists but these should used in cau­tion.

Tem­plates lack cus­tom­isa­tion and per­son­al­isa­tion. They don’t have the op­tions that a com­pre­hens­ive ser­vice offers. This means your Will may not ac­cur­ately re­flect your spe­cif­ic wishes or situ­ation.

Using tem­plates can come with legal risks as they may not comply with all legal re­quire­ments or ad­dress im­port­ant con­sid­er­a­tions.

On the other hand, legal ser­vices like Aatos have sev­er­al ex­cit­ing be­ne­fits, such as per­son­al­ised guid­ance and legal com­pli­ance. Aatos is de­veloped by law­yers who un­der­stand the com­plex­it­ies of estate plan­ning. They use the latest tech­no­lo­gy to guide you through cre­at­ing your Will step-by-step, en­sur­ing that all im­port­ant con­sid­er­a­tions are ad­dressed.

Aatos en­sures that your Will com­plies with the laws of Eng­land and Wales, giving you peace of mind that your final wishes will be re­spec­ted.

 Online Tem­plateAatos Online Ser­vice
Easy to Use🚫/✅
Free Legal Help🚫
Ac­cording to Le­gis­la­tion in Eng­land and Wales🚫/✅
Print­ing and stor­ing🚫

💡 The cost dif­fer­ence between legal ser­vices and a basic online tem­plate is often min­im­al. For in­stance, Aatos's legal ser­vice offers a tail­ored doc­u­ment that meets all your legal re­quire­ments at a price com­par­able to that of a basic online tem­plate.

Online Will Tail­ored for Your Needs

Can I Write My Own Will?

Yes, you can indeed write your own Will. There are nu­mer­ous op­tions avail­able for writ­ing your own Will, each ca­ter­ing to dif­fer­ent needs and pref­er­ences.

However, it's im­port­ant to note that risks apply when choos­ing to draft a Will en­tirely on your own without any legal guid­ance. Mis­in­ter­pret­a­tions or omis­sions can lead to un­in­tended con­sequences, po­ten­tially com­plic­at­ing the pro­cess for your loved ones.

With Aatos Legal Ser­vice, you're not just draft­ing a doc­u­ment; you're craft­ing a piece of mind with expert legal as­sist­ance. Our team en­sures your Will re­flects your wishes clearly and is com­pli­ant with legal stand­ards, making the pro­cess straight­for­ward and secure.

💡 Did you know that a new will doesn't auto­mat­ic­ally re­place an old Will? Make sure that you update your Will ac­cord­ingly. You can revise your Last Will at any­time at Aatos.

Read more: How to revise Will cor­rectly?

Make a Will Online in UK with Aatos

UK cit­izens are in­creas­ingly opting for online Wills in legal ser­vices, drawn by be­ne­fits such as con­veni­ence, pri­cing and ad­di­tion­al sup­port.

Here’s some amazing ser­vices that we offer at Aatos.

  • Ready in 10 minutes
    • Manage your legal mat­ters online from start to finish in an in­stant
  • Access with any Device
    • Use any of your fa­vour­ite devices to access your doc­u­ments wherever you are
  • Free Legal Sup­port - Get help whenever you need it from a per­son­al legal pro­fes­sion­al
  • Fixed Pri­cing
    • Ap­pro­pri­ate use of tech­no­lo­gy makes it pos­sible for us to offer the most reas­on­able price
  • Stor­age
    • Save and store your un­fin­ished or com­pleted mat­ters in My Aatos ac­count

With Aatos, you don’t need to worry about the type of Will you re­quire. The ser­vice is de­signed to tailor the Will spe­cific­ally to your situ­ation and needs.

Peace of mind is price­less when it comes to pro­tect­ing the future of your loved ones in an un­pre­dict­able world. The best time to safeguard your future is right now.

Read more: What You Should Never Put in Your Will in the UK?

Make sure that Your Online Will is Valid

When cre­at­ing an online Will, UK cit­izens should be aware that it is only con­sidered leg­ally valid if it ful­fils spe­cif­ic re­quire­ments.

Re­quire­ments for the Last Will:

  • Test­a­ment­ary Ca­pa­city: The person making the Will (the Test­ator) must be of sound mind, un­der­stand­ing the nature and effect of making a Will.
  • In­ten­tion: The Test­ator must have the in­ten­tion to create a legal doc­u­ment that dis­poses of their prop­erty upon their death.  
  • Vol­un­tar­iness: The Test­ator must make the Will vol­un­tar­ily, without co­er­cion or undue in­flu­ence from others. 
  • Form­al­it­ies: The Will must be in writ­ing, signed by the Test­ator (or someone else in their pres­ence and at their dir­ec­tion), and wit­nessed by two in­de­pend­ent wit­nesses who are present at the same time. 
  • Wit­nesses sig­na­ture: The wit­nesses must also sign the Will in the pres­ence of the Test­ator.
  • Proper Ex­e­cu­tion: The Will should be dated and signed by the Test­ator in the pres­ence of two wit­nesses, who also sign the doc­u­ment in the pres­ence of the Test­ator and each other. 
  • Clear and Un­am­bigu­ous: The lan­guage used in the Will should be clear and un­am­bigu­ous, leav­ing no room for con­fu­sion or mis­in­ter­pret­a­tion re­garding the Test­ator's in­ten­tions. 
  • Be­ne­fi­ciar­ies: The Will should clearly identi­fy the be­ne­fi­ciar­ies who are to re­ceive the Test­ator's prop­erty or assets.

Ad­her­ing to these re­quire­ments en­sures that a last Will is leg­ally valid and en­force­able in the UK. An online Will is not leg­ally valid unless it meets all of the above legal re­quire­ments.

💡 How do your loved one will find your will? Aatos provides both a prin­ted copy of your Will and di­git­al stor­age within your My Aatos ac­count. This in­cludes also fact-track legal sup­port, un­lim­ited re­vi­sions and all legal doc­u­ments for £99.

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