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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.

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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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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 £9.50 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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What happened when Lord Tarly tried to write Samwell out of his will…



People can get written out of wills for all sorts of reasons.  This post will look at some of the better and worse ways of doing it – using the example of the Game of Thrones Tarly family.  With a spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the later series’ of GoT!

The bombastic warlord Lord Randyll Tarly made no secret of his disappointment with his son and stated on multiple occasions that he wanted no part of his estate to go to the bookish Samwell.  His preferences were made clear when he said he wanted his other son Dickon to be his heir.

So: what might have happened when both Randyll and Dickon met a toasty end ahead of their time?

No will

If Randyll didn’t make a will then his estate would be split in accordance with the rules of intestacy.  This means that Randyll’s widow Melissa would inherit the first £250,000 and the remainder of the estate would be split between all of the living children.  That would be Samwell and Talla.  This could lead Samwell with a considerable amount of the late Lord Tarly’s wealth and his title.  Definitely not what Randyll would have wanted.

Samwell Tarly - ertacaltinoz on deviantart

Credit: ertacaltinoz on deviantart

To make matters worse (or better, depending on your perspective) Melissa would then have the right to make her will and choose where she would want her wealth to go when she died.  She would (hopefully) be more even handed and Samwell could stand to inherit further.  Fair, but it would leave Randyll spinning in his grave (if there was enough of him left to bury)!

Will with a gift of everything to Dickon

Bearing in mind Randyll’s age and high-risk pastimes (slaying/ hunting/ warmongering) it’s likely that he would have made a will.  On the assumption that as well as disliking bookish children he’s also a bit of a chauvinist we’re going to assume that he may have made a will leaving everything to Dickon  his favoured son and excluding his wife and daughter.

The problem for Randyll with this is that Dickon took the same toasting as him and died at the same time or momentarily before.  So – with no Randyll and no Dickon, this leaves us in the same situation as above.  The end result being that Samwell, Melissa and Talla inherit.  Again: NOT what Randyll would have wanted.

Will with a mention (1%) to Samwell

So: on the basis that not mentioning Samwell at all could lead to Samwell inheriting, and not making a will could also lead to Samwell inheriting Lord Tarly may have made a point by leaving Dickon 99% of the estate and Samwell 1%.  Sorted?  Right?

Actually: no.  As Dickon died before/ at the same time as the late Lord Randyll and Dickon has no children, then his share of any bequest from Randyll to Dickon would go to the other named beneficiaries under the will.  In this case, Samwell.  Samwell’s 1% would effectively increase his share  to 100%.  Worse still than above two options.

Gift of last resort

Randyll is running out of options here: each of: (a) no will, (b) 100% gift to Dickon, and (c) a small gift to Samwell would lead to Samwell inheriting.  One way of stopping your estate from going somewhere you don’t intend is to provide a “gift of last resort”.  If the people mentioned in your will die before you and you don’t update your will you can be left in a situation where either (a) the rules of intestacy are followed or (b) your estate goes to the Crown (i.e. the government). 

If you don’t want this to happen you can make gift that sweeps up anything that is left.  Gifts of this kind are often to charity and makeawillonline.co.uk actually provides a prompt to do this.  A gift to a charity is effective because most larger charities have been around for a long time and will continue to exist for a long time following the demise of the will writer.

If Lord Tarly had provided for a gift of last resort to the a charity, for example: the Widows and Orphans of the Battle of Blackwater Foundation or the Church of the Mother’s Dawnish Outreach Trust, then when he and Dickon died, the remainder of his estate would have passed directly to the charity.  This would have left Melissa and Talla very much in the lurch and requiring a claim under the Care for Dependents Act (the subject for another blog).

In conclusion….

On the basis that Samwell and Gilly seem to be on their way down south back to the family ranch at Horn Hill with Samwell appearing every bit the Lord: we can guess that despite his fame and fortune: Lord Tarly didn’t set his affairs in order.  Much to his chagrin (and our delight) Samwell seems to be on his way to a “happily ever after” situation back at the family seat with Gilly. Although: this is Game of Thrones and (at the time of writing) we are only half way through the last season…

 

Do you cohabit? Your key questions answered:



Research now shows that cohabiting is the fastest growing family type in the UK (here).  It affords the companionship of official family structures (marriage/ civil partnership) and the bond is as strong as the love between the partners.  As Jodi Mitchell put it: “we don’t need no piece of paper from the city hall”.

However not all love is equal in the eyes of the law and cohabiting couples face legislative discrimination.  Despite what people may think there is no such thing as a “common law husband/ wife”.  There have been promises of review by the Law Commission for decades now but nothing has yet come of it.

This blog explores some of the inequalities between common-law relationships and marriage/ civil-partnerships and discusses some steps cohabitees can consider to protect their partners.

couple making heart with hands

Credit: Kristina Litvjak

Property:

If a property is in the sole name of one of the cohabitees the remaining partner has no automatic legal right to inherit or even to stay in the family home if the legal owner dies.  In the absence of a will the property will follow the rules of intestacy in which case the property may end up being owned by the deceased’s children, or Long Lost Cousin Bertie – who may or may not consent to the bereaved cohabitee staying in their home. 

This can be the case even where the bereaved partner has been a homekeeper and invested significant time and resource making and keeping the home for decades.  This heartbreaking problem is, in a large part, what inspired the creation of the makeawillonline.co.uk service.

Cash in the bank:

There are all sorts of reasons why the bulk of a couple’s cash might be in an account with only the deceased’s name on it.  Similar to the above: this comes with all sorts of risks to the bereaved partner.  In the absence of an “official” family structure the bereaved will have no access to cash, and worse still: the rules of intestacy may apply leaving the bereaved with no savings or financial security.

Death and taxes:

Where a couple is married or in a civil partnership the taxman allows a transfer of the deceased tax “Nil Rate Band” (currently £325k plus an additional sum for the main residence – see here for details).  Where a couple is cohabiting they do not enjoy this benefit.  This means that the surviving, bereaved partner is more likely to have to pay a considerable amount of money (up to 40%) just to keep what has been left to them.

Likewise: any gifts from the deceased to the surviving cohabitee given in the seven years prior to the deceased’s death could be liable for inheritance tax – something that would be mitigated if the couple were married or in a civil partnership. 

Any solutions?

Aside from putting scepticism about “official” relationships aside and one cohabitee “popping the question” and the other agreeing (hint: if you’re asking – don’t lead with a preamble about tax!) there are practical and legal steps that can be taken:

1. Make a will.  Set out what you want to happen to any property that you own or live in.  You can specify whether you want your partner to take ownership of any cohabited property or retain a right to live there for as long as they want/ can before it passing to others (e.g. children or family).  Likewise, you can deal with other money and assets.  You can make a will here.

2. Set your finances in order.  Make sure shared money is in an appropriate account and speak to your financial advisor/ insurer/ bank about life insurance, pensions, other investments.

3. Ensure the property is held as you want it to be.  Do you own the property together?  Speak to your solicitor about holding as “tenants in common” or “joint tenants” to ensure that what you expect to happen actually happens when one of you passes away.  If you are “tenants in common” you can get a trust deed setting out what arrangements should take place if you sell/ split/ pass away.

4. Enter into a “cohabitation agreement”.  This can set out how you deal with your assets during the relationship and at the end of it.  It’s better to agree what should happen to money/ children/ property before the arguments start.  You can speak to a specialist family solicitor about this.  A list of solicitors can be found on the Law Society website.

 

 

 

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