340°
EXPIRED
Free Wills To Download @ Compact Law
Free Wills To Download @ Compact Law

Free Wills To Download @ Compact Law

My first post, so be gentle. I've been searching for a free will kit, and finally found this. I know it's not as good as getting a solicitor but for straightforward situations, a free will as better than no will, right? Not really a 'deal' either so please delete it if this isn't the right sort of freebie.

compactlaw.co.uk/fre…tml

34 Comments

Good find, thanks :-)

good one and always useful. thanks

Thanx

LOL!

Original Poster

Skylark56

LOL!



Why the lol?

Original Poster

[email protected]

nice 1 if link worked



Hmm, not sure why it's not - it's there when I try to edit it. Sorry!

who would want to download a will is this website that old

If you're using this kind of will, make sure you do some research too.

e.g If one of the witnesses is named in the will, their gift is likely to fail.

The worse case is having the will voided
I have seen this happene when some one signed a will as a witness and then later said they had popped out of the room as the will was signed, hence did not see pen on paper.
Money went to distant relations instead of organisations named in will

this will is all you need, infact just a piece of paper is valid if dated and signed.

[email protected]

nice 1 if link worked



cut and paste from the OP

Heated
Edited by: "Johnboy_1975" 8th Jan 2011

Daytrader

this will is all you need, infact just a piece of paper is valid if dated … this will is all you need, infact just a piece of paper is valid if dated and signed.


That is not true (as far as England & Wales are concerned). Amongst other requirements, for a will to be valid it must be signed by the testator and witnessed by two witnesses. Simply signing and dating will not do! (Yes, I am a private client lawyer. And yes, I deal with wills every day.)

The free will referred to by the OP is a good start but it's always worth/better to get a solicitor to get a proper will drawn up. Avoid those will writing companies! Suggestion: If you use a free will, ask for a free chat with a private client lawyer to check whether any major flaws are in the free will.

PS: First post on HUKD and it's work related. D'oh!

Edited by: "Resali" 8th Jan 2011

yeh i meant signed by two witness's but that goes without saying i thought, but on any paper is ok, and no special wording is required either, I leave all my money/assets to my dad is infact enough.
Edited by: "Daytrader" 8th Jan 2011

Skylark56

who would want to download a will is this website that old



Anyone with money and property...

you don't have to be old to be loaded and want to leave it to family if you die

Unfortunately useless for Scots, as this is only for England.

It's not free, but good value - you can do completely legal and valid online wills, without seeing a solicitor, at www.scotwills.co.uk.

I am not legally qualified, but personally I wouldn't use any free document on an individual basis. The safest way to do a will is through your local friendly solicitor. Then your friends, family, banks, the Government can be sure that you have filed the latest version of your will with a solicitor. It's not just about completing the document, it's about credibility of the will and security of storage of the will. Otherwise I personally believe you are leaving yourself open to a challenge.

I have first hand experience of the difficulties of will wrangles. If you can't afford a will, then there are free events throughout the year that promote them. Not got the details to hand.

WTF - link goes to BBC Magazine subscription offer 5 issues for £5

hotukdeals.com/

Thanks, printed some out for the elderly people down my road, hopefully theyre get the hint

link back to ukhotdeals

You mean HOTUKDEALS ? x

Thanks for this need to update mine since the divorce lol

Daytrader

yeh i meant signed by two witness's but that goes without saying i … yeh i meant signed by two witness's but that goes without saying i thought, but on any paper is ok, and no special wording is required either, I leave all my money/assets to my dad is infact enough.



I believe technically that's fine. The standard wording is put into to avoid risks such as, if in 10 years time you made a new will saying " I leave all my money/assets to my wife" it wouldn't be valid as you haven't revoked your original will. So wording such as that is put into all wills to prevent that happening.

If the will is simple i.e leaving everything to one person then personally I think you're safe using a template. If it gets more complex I would recommend using a solicitor to prevent anything accidently becoming void.

You can say all you want but if you don't appoint an Executor to deal with the estate then the Will's invalid (certainly in Scotland...not sure about England).

Also in Scotland you only need one witness. Plus if the Will is over one page you need to sign it on every page.

Please don't use these companies to write your Wills. I'm a lawyer and i've lost count of the amount of times i've had to try and sort our problems created by Will writing companies. A cost of a Will can vary from £50-£150 depending on complexitiy. That's a lot less than it will cost to try sort out the problems of a Will from one of these companies.

I did work experience at solicitors office when I was a kid and they let me produce sample wills - they used a basic template like this, but obviously charged for their experience

I worked in probate many years ago and could see the way wills made by solicitors often did not have the result the testator had intended. They are also keen to be named as executors, in which case their fees will come out of your estate first. When I made my will I wrote out exactly what I wanted then took it to a solicitor to have it drawn up officially. Even then he tried to change it to benefit his own company. Since then, when I have needed to change my will, I have used the main legal terminology from the first will, just changing the parts which needed amendment.

Just use a solicitor. Don't stint on the legals as the saying goes. Imagine using this template to leave everything to a local cat home. Just watch the will-equivalent of Super Street Fighter commence. If can't afford a will, read Martin Lewis's MoneySavingExpert guide.

I can't follow link either. But you can always buy a will for 99p at most newsagents and stationers.

A free Will = Invalid will in my bad experience. my mum got nothing even though her mum (my nan) wanted a share for her children, went to my nans partner's family, the whole lot even though the will stated otherwise.

So in answer to the OP, yes it can be be worse than no will, because what you expect and write down doesn't actually happen the way it should, so to me it is worse than no will.

deadeye

A free Will = Invalid will in my bad experience. my mum got nothing even … A free Will = Invalid will in my bad experience. my mum got nothing even though her mum (my nan) wanted a share for her children, went to my nans partner's family, the whole lot even though the will stated otherwise.So in answer to the OP, yes it can be be worse than no will, because what you expect and write down doesn't actually happen the way it should, so to me it is worse than no will.



In total agreement.

link does not work...

Skylark56

who would want to download a will is this website that old



You could be run over by a bus tomorrow, so everyone should think about a will.

thank you.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text