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09 Oct 2019

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The best online will writing services in the UK

Best will service ukIn this article we look at the best online Will writing services in the UK. We explain ways in which you can get a Will for free as well as providing a list of the UK's best paid-for Will writing services. First let's look at whether you actually need a Will in the first place.

Do I need a Will?

Anybody with assets, such as cash, property or investments should have a Will. This allows them to decide how their assets are distributed on death. If you are married, in a relationship or have children then having a Will is an urgent requirement to ensure that your children are secure and cared for if either partner were to die.

Getting a Will prepared is a simple task and there are a number of options available which we go into more detail below.

The best free Will writing services

Free Wills month

A number of charities including Age UK, British Heart Foundation & Prostate Cancer UK sponsor a Will writing scheme in March & October each year. This scheme allows those aged over 55 to get a simple solicitor-drafted Will for free. Around 300 solicitor firms across the UK take part in this scheme with a total of 10,000 free Wills available.

If the Will is more complex then a fee may be charged by the solicitor. Couples that require a 'mirror Will' (identical Wills that leave everything to each other) only require one partner to be over 55. As the number of free Wills is limited it is advisable to book as early as you can, go to Free Wills Month to book your appointment.

Will Aid

A number of charities including Age UK & Save the Children sponsor a Will writing scheme in November each year. Around 500 solicitor firms across the UK offer to write a basic Will for anyone, regardless of age, in return for a charitable donation. A suggested donation of £100 for a single Will or £180 for 'mirror Wills' is distributed among the supported charities. You can find participating solicitors at Will Aid.

Union-sponsored Wills

A number of trade unions offer free Wills to their members, so if you are a member of a union check with your union rep or on the union website to see if you are eligible.

Charity based schemes

Many charities offer a free Will writing service in exchange for a small donation to the selected charity. Each charity will have its own eligibility rules, so check the charity's own website for more details.

The best paid-for Will writing services

Using a solicitor to draw up a Will is usually the most expensive method. However, this method is better for more complicated Wills when you need the services of a legal firm to answer your questions and give guidance. Solicitors will charge between £100 & £200 for a basic Will, so shopping around can save you money.

When should you use a solicitor to prepare a Will?

You should consider using a solicitor to prepare a Will in the following circumstances:

  • you have overseas assets
  • you own or part-own a business
  • your estate is worth more than the IHT threshold (325,000 for an individual, £650,000 for a married couple)
  • your family situation is complicated or you want to make special arrangements for children or a disabled person

The best online will writing sites

Will provider Cost for individuals Cost for couples Cost to update Trustpilot Review score
Farewill £75* £125* £10 p/year subscription unlimited updates 4.9/5
Beyond £90 £135 £10 p/year subscription unlimited updates 4.8/5
Kwil £90 £120 £10 p/year subscription unlimited updates N/A
LegalWills £24.95 £39.92 £9.95 p/year unlimited updates 4.9/5

*reduced by £15 using our Farewill offer 

Farewill

Established in 2015 they are now the biggest Will writing service in the UK writing over 30,000 Wills and raising over £100 million for charity.

All Wills are created online in just 15 minutes, the Will is then checked by a team of experts and sent to you for signing and witnessing.

Farewill has received over 2,700 reviews on independent review site Trustpilot with an average score of 4.9 out of 5.0

  • £90 for individuals (reduced to £75 by using our unique link below)
  • £140 for couples (reduced to £125 by using our unique link below)
  • £10 subscription per year for unlimited updates (free unlimited updates in the first year)

Check out our independent review of Farewill where we provide details of how you can get £15 off the price of a Will.

Beyond

All Wills are created online in just 15 minutes and checked by an in-house legal team and sent to you for signing and witnessing.

Beyond has received around 350 reviews on independent review site Trustpilot with an average score of 4.8 out of 5.0

  • £90 for individuals
  • £135 for couples
  • £10 subscription per year for unlimited updates

Kwil

All Wills are created online then checked and verified by a team of legal experts. Wills are stored in the client's own virtual Lockbox providing ease of access to executors in the event of death.  Also offer other services such as probate and funeral director comparisons.

Kwil has yet to establish a sufficient number of online reviews and so we are unable to provide any relevant customer feedback

  • £90 for individuals
  • £120 for couples
  • £10 subscription per year for unlimited updates

LegalWills

Basic service with Wills prepared from an online questionnaire, printed by the customer then signed and witnessed.

LegalWills has received 75 reviews on Google with an average score of 4.9 out of 5.0

  • £24.95 for individuals
  • discount available for partner
  • £9.95 per year for unlimited updates (free unlimited updates in the first year)

The best DIY wills

In theory, you can write a Will on a piece of paper and as long as it is signed and witnessed by two adult independent witnesses then it should be legal. Using the DIY approach to prepare your Will is not usually advisable as you are creating a legal document which will be referred to on your death. Using the incorrect legal wording or ambiguous statements could render your Will illegal and your assets distributed according to the rules of intestacy, check out our that looks at what happens if you die without a Will.

DIY Will templates are available online or in stationery shops for as little as £10 but should only be used if your Will is simple and straight forward.

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