Your will allows you to decide what will happen to your money, property, and possessions after your death. Choosing a law firm that is a member of our Wills and Probate Quality Plan means that your lawyer will meet our high standards of wills and probate services. You will use a specialized legal professional who is regulated and insured, unlike most other will writing services. If you live in England or Wales and die without writing a legally valid will, the government will decide who receives what.
If you don't have any living relatives, all your property and possessions will go to the Crown. If you have children under 18, other people can make decisions about who will care for the children and manage their finances, education and living conditions. When making a will, you can specify your wishes. When writing a will, many people choose to go the DIY route instead of seeking professional help.
If you decide to make a DIY will, it is crucial that the document looks right and includes all the main assets. In theory, you could scribble your will on a piece of waste paper. You don't need a lawyer to write a will for you. You can do it yourself if you want.
However, it is a good idea to use a lawyer, or at least have one review the will, to make sure it will have the desired effect in practice. Inheritance-related disputes can be costly and distressing for your beneficiaries and can be avoided if you get the right advice at the right time.