A solicitor-checked online will in 3 easy steps:

Answer a straightforward set of online questions
Review, and only pay when you are happy
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Make a will online: a fully legal will writing service



At makeawillonline.co.uk, our secure will writing service allows you to make a will in minutes, at your convenience and for an excellent price. Once your will has been correctly signed and witnessed (full instructions are sent with the document), you will be legally covered and can relax in the knowledge that your estate is safe.


For your peace of mind, all documents are checked by a solicitor.

Completing and updating your will



Once you have started making a will online, you can sign in and continue at a time that suits you. You will find full guidance throughout the will writing process, explaining all of the important legal terms relating to wills and probate.


When you have finished making your will online, you can login and make free changes to the document for 28 days.


For even more peace of mind, our optional lifetime updates service (just £10 per year) allows you to keep your will up-to-date forever.



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Your will printed, bound and posted for just £15 per document




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All wills are checked by our expert solicitors and, once signed and properly witnessed, are fully legal in England & Wales.
Single will £29.50|Pair of wills £39.50

How does the will-writing process work?

Before you start the will writing process you should have the name and address of anyone you intend to name in the document. Postcodes are useful too, but not essential. You will be sent a link by email in case you need to come back at a later date to complete the will.

  1. 1. Fill in your information securely



    At the start of the secure online questionnaire, you will be asked to provide your address and contact details. These are strictly private and are used a) for production of the document b) to allow you to login if you don't complete your will in a single session c) to send the completed document (via email). You can find our data handling policy here.


    You then answer a series of questions about who you want to manage your estate, who you would like to look after your children (if you have any), who you would like to inherit your possessions and any conditions you wish to attach.

  2. 2. Review, confirm and pay



    At the end of the questionnaire, you will be presented with a summary of the information you have entered and have the opportunity to go back and make any amendments you wish.


    You then make a secure payment of £29.50 (single will) or £39.50 (pair of wills) - you can pay by credit/debit card or via a PayPal account if you have one.

  3. 3. Receive your will, sign and witness



    Once the secure payment has been made, the will document will be emailed to you at the email address you provided, along with detailed instructions for making the will legal and receipt for payment. Shortly afterwards, a solicitor will check the document to make sure that everything is in order. If anything is unclear, a member of our team will contact you by email.

    You can choose to receive a printed version of your will by post for just £15 per document.

Once these stages are complete, you have a fully legal last will and testament.

Validity

Our wills are valid for property held in England and Wales. If you have property overseas, you should check local laws and, if necessary, create a separate document to cover the foreign property.



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Home is where the heart is: wills for expats in the UK and abroad…



If you are a citizen of the world you’ll have had the opportunity to sample different cultures, environments and languages.  You’ll also have dabbled in the legal systems: whether it be getting a property to live in, applying the local rules and conventions on the road or knowing what documents you really shouldn’t leave your home without.  As an expat you can make an expat will but there are other things you should always consider.

You might not have thought about what could happen to your property, commercial interests and bank accounts across the world.  Different countries that on the surface appear very similar can have vastly different systems when it comes to inheritance.  France and the UK make a good juxtaposition, with the UK have great freedom on who you can leave your estate to but in France at least 75% of your inheritance is predetermined whether or not you have a will.

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Photo credit: Ben White

This leaves a confusing situation in which local laws, your citizenship and your domicile all come into play.  When making a will when you have interests in multiple jurisdictions you should always ensure you seek the advice of local experts in each of the jurisdictions where you hold assets.  A list of sources of local lawyers in the countries with most British expats can be found in our list of local experts for expat wills.

The dangers for your estate and your beneficiaries range from the risk of double (or sometimes triple or more) taxation on your estate through to your wishes being held to be unenforceable.  When making a will, you need the peace of mind that the wishes you set out can be enforced.

Things to consider are: the Convention on the Conflicts of Laws relating to Testementary Dispositions from 1961 (commonly known as “the Hague Convention of 1961”), “forced heirship” which applies in many European and Islamic countries, and rules around your domicile and residency.

The take home message from this post should be that it is imperative that you seek advice from a specialist in every country where you have a financial or personal interest to make sure there aren’t any problems in the future.

 

Where there isn't a will, there's a war: the tragic case of John and Anne Scarle



In this tragic case John Scarle and Anne Scarle were found dead from hypothermia by police in their home in 2016.  Police were alerted to their absence by neighbours and by the time they were found in their home they had been dead for some time (perhaps more than a week).  At the time of their deaths John was 79 and Anne was 69… and so the story begins.

The plot thickened after their deaths when their estates went through the process of administration.  Both John and Anne had children from previous relationships.  Neither Anne nor John had a will and the rules of intestacy dictate that an estate passes to a surviving spouse, and if none, to the deceased’s children.  So, I hear you think: they both died, so their estate should be shared. 

If only that were the case.

What actually happened was a complex legal wrangle.  If John died first, then everything would have passed to Anne (however briefly), and then onto Anne’s children.  Likewise if Anne died first, everything would end up with John (briefly) and then John’s children. The stakes for the children were high (John and Anne’s house was worth £280,000).  The writer is not privy to the discussions between the children (Anna, John’s daughter and Deborah, Anne’s daughter) but somehow this case ended up in the High Court.

Chris Sabor - Herons Fighting

Photo Credit: Chris Sabor

The facts and the law in the case appear to be at odds with almost impossible asks being made of everyone involved (police, courts etc).  Basically, it boils down to:

(1) a presumption at law (Law of Property Act 1925 s184) when two people die together (or within a short space of one another) the elder is deemed to have passed first (i.e. John); versus

(2) some evidence gathered by the police that it seemed that Anne may have been dead for longer when they found the bodies.

Whatever the rights or wrongs of the tragedy of the deceased couple, the handling of the aftermath or the law, one thing rings clear and true: the outcome is not as the deceased would have wanted it. Legal fees alone will account for a significant proportion of the money left by Anne and John in their home.  Presumably they were frugal throughout their lives (and into their deaths) so this waste of their life savings is a terrible pity. The publicity around this case will have negative effects on both of the daughters: Deborah and Anna.

Where there’s a will there’s a way…

All of the issues faced by the family could have been avoided if Mr & Mrs Scarle had taken legal advice and made a will.  The standard wills at makeawillonline.co.uk account for what should happen if people die at the same time (or within a few days of each other).  It is a type of clause known as a “commorientes” clause. This stops a multitude of problems and ensures that your wishes can be carried out – and in some estates, mitigates against inheritance tax.

The take home message from this is: take half an hour.  Make a will.  Make sure that you don’t end up like John and Anne’s poor daughters: locked in a legal battle where everyone is the loser.

Wills for British ex-pats



A will from this site will be fully legal in England and Wales, but the situation becomes more complicated if you are domiciled in the UK but resident abroad. Different countries deal with the probate process differently and you should consult an expert on local law in the country in which you live.

Make a will online using our secure website and take control of this important step in your life.

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