The net cost of online Wills
The internet nowadays pervades every aspect of human life. It seems like everything is available online now, including many legal services. Online Wills are particularly popular – after all, everyone should make a Will, and there are many websites offering to draw one up for you in a quick and convenient manner, and for a much lower price than you would pay a solicitor to draft your will.
The convenience of this sort of service is always tempting, as well as the knockdown prices many of them charge. But it’s up to you to decide whether you can rely on sites which offer online Wills which are often faceless and impersonal and do not give you the benefit of face-to-face contact with a qualified solicitor.
Online Wills can come in a number of forms, and each has its upsides and downsides. It is important to consider the situation you are in before you decide on which online Wills service is best for you.
One of the popular forms that online Wills may take is that of a Will-writing service offered through a website. This approach can be a reasonably-priced one which means that you will be able to get a fully customised Will which has been created to fit your exact situation. This is ideal for people who need their Will to cover a lot of highly complicated issues, such as taking measures to avoid inheritance tax (though in particularly tough circumstances, it may be advisable to pay for the legal expertise of a solicitor).
Usually, using a Will-writing service will involve either submitting your details via a form, or a phone call to someone who will take them down for you and discuss what you are looking for from your Will. Because of this personal touch, you will not receive your Will instantly as you might if you had used a template as the basis. On the plus side, the Will will be written specifically for you, so it will fit your circumstances far better than the generic template so common in the world of online Wills.
Some websites even allow you download a Will template with space for you to fill in your details. This is only a realistic option for those who feel confident enough to take on the composing of such an important legal document by themselves. Although some of these services may provide help for those filling in the template; this advice however is not likely to be free of charge.
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