I’ve been meaning to make a will for years. It’s come up in conversation a number of times over the years and it has bothered me that I didn’t have one in place. In the past a lot of what I wanted to happen with my property would have happened anyway as the law reflected my wishes anyway, but I think it’s always better to have a will so people know that your wishes have been actioned. Now though with my son to think of it’s more important than ever to have a will. A will is something that should be revisited regularly to take into account what happens as your life changes and more people come into your family.
I think one of the things that put me off getting around to making a will was the idea of having to make an appointment to see a solicitor and having to spend time dealing with that. You know ringing around to find a solicitor, booking an appointment, going into the office to see them and then maybe follow up things to get the will signed and set up. There are much easier ways of going about it though and Farewill asked me to try out their service to see how easy it could be. It’s suitable if you live in England or Wales, do not have a disabled dependent, and do not have a complex foreign estate i.e. own property outside the UK.
It took me less than 10 minutes to update all the details. It helped that I knew what I wanted to do (although I hadn’t thought about what to do about my cats in my will, so I was a bit surprised at that question and I’m wondering now if my parents really would like to take on Bracken after she jumped onto Mum’s shoulders the other day and gave her a scare) and I had the email addresses of my would-be executors (the people who put your will into action if you should die) to hand, but it’s a really easy process to follow in any case and I very quickly reached the stage where my will was ready to print off and sign.
It was so easy to do, there really is no excuse for putting off making a will. Whilst your will is ready for download as soon as you pay your £50 fee (a lot less than going through a solicitor would cost), which includes one year’s worth of free updates, Farewill do check your will over and send you an email confirming that it is ok to sign within a few days. You can even email your executors from the site to tell them you have set the will up, or you can skip that step if you prefer.
All you need to do then is print the will off and sign it in front of two witnesses. You just need two trustworthy adults who aren’t going to benefit from or execute your will. Then you need to store it in a safe place and make sure your executors know where to find it if the worst should happen.
You can get a 30% off discount on your Farewill will if you quote the code “92three30”. Don’t put off getting your will sorted out any longer.
Disclosure: This post is in association with Farewill.