Do I need a solicitor to make a Will?

30th August 2019

Do I need a solicitor to make a Will?

In theory, you can make a Will yourself, but the following examples show that it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea.

Client, “My brother witnessed his wife’s Will. Does this matter?” Me, “Unfortunately, your brother will not inherit under his wife’s Will.”

Client, “I made a homemade Will 2 years ago. I’m slightly concerned because I signed it, then one witness signed it and then another.” Me, “Your Will is not valid because it was not signed/ acknowledged in the presence of two witnesses at the same time.”

For a Will to be valid, proper formalities must be strictly complied with. Failure to do so can render a Will invalid. In circumstances where the validity of a Will is challenged, evidence may be required to show that the person making the Will had knowledge of and approved the contents of the Will.

If you are considering making a Will, please contact us to ensure that your Will is valid and to avoid any pitfalls. If you discover a defect in a Will, you should seek the advice of a solicitor as soon as possible. If you would like further information, please contact nicola.weldon@gotelee.co.uk.

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