Can you write a Will online and get it notarized?SmartWill
Can you just write a Will and get it notarized?
A question that occurs to many people is whether it is possible to simply write your own Will and then get it notarized to make it legal.
Given that often people feel a Will is simply an expression of your wishes it may seem that going through the time and expense of getting one professionally made is a little over the top.
We thought we’d write a post to clear up the issue and let you know your options.
It is possible to make your own Will?
The simple answer is ‘yes’.
Anyone over the age of 18 can make their own Will and they could write it using a variety of methods.
The document does need to be in hard copy form of course because it must be signed by witnesses but you could handwrite it, use software like Word or Google docs or even dictate it and get someone else to produce the hard copy.
Notarisation is the process of getting a professional person to sign to say that the document is genuine, for example in the case of a legal copy. This is not needed for a Will.
All you need to do is to get the document properly witnessed and your Will could be completely legal.
Just because you can make your own Will doesn’t mean you should.
We can’t emphasise enough that, although many Wills are relatively straightforward there are a large number of rules to follow and if any of them are breached, they can make the entire document null and void.
With even the simplest of Wills, the rules must be followed to make the document legal.
For example, there are rules around getting your Will witnessed.
Witnesses must be over 18 years of age and the document must be signed first by you in the presence of the witnesses. They must also be fully capable of understanding what they are doing.
The witnesses can’t be beneficiaries and can’t be blind as they must be physically capable of attesting that you did actually sign and no pressure was applied to you at the time.
A simple mistake, such as forgetting to add in the witnesses’ address can nullify the whole process, but of course, this won’t be discovered until it is too late to alter the document.
Saving a few pounds when making your Will can actually end up costing your estate lots more when it comes time to untangle the mess.
It isn’t worth saving the money
There are some things that you just shouldn’t try and do yourself and in our opinion Will writing is one of these.
Legally, it is fully possible for you to write your own Will and organise the signing and witnessing but the process can be somewhat complex and the risk is really too great to make the cost–saving worthwhile.
A single Will made using the Smart-Will app can cost as little as £79 and we feel that this is a small price to pay for complete peace of mind.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]