How to create a will at home

You can write a will at home by using an online will writing service. Then you can print and sign it alongside two witnesses to make it legally binding.

Can I write my own will?

Yes, you can write your own will without using a solicitor. Our online will writing service is designed to make this as simple and stress-free as possible, helping you take things one step at a time.

If you require specific estate planning advice or need help with inheritance tax planning, you should use a solicitor to write your will. To find out more about how we can help you with this, please call us on 020 3695 2090.

How to create a will at home

You can create a will at home by using Farewill’s online will writing service.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit our website to sign up and create your free account.

  2. Follow our solicitor-approved guide to write your own will. This includes things like appointing guardians for your children, setting out how you want to divide up your estate and choosing executors for your will. You can even leave gifts or funeral wishes if you want to.

  3. Once you’ve finished writing your will, it costs just £100 to submit it to be checked by our will experts. This helps to make sure everything is clear and there are no mistakes. If anything needs your attention, we’ll let you know within five working days.

  4. After we’ve approved your will, we’ll send you a message to let you know that it’s ready to be downloaded.

  5. To make your will legally binding, you need to print and sign it alongside two witnesses. We’ll include instructions on how to do this with your will. Please note that, if you don’t have access to a printer, we’ll be more than happy to post your will to you at no extra cost.

How long does it take to write your own will

It takes most people around 15 minutes to write a will using our online will writing service. However, if you get stuck at any point, you can always save your progress and come back to it later.

Once you’ve finished writing your will, our experts check and approve it within five working days. Then you can print and sign it from the comfort of your own home to make it legally binding.

This means that you can go from creating your account to having a legal will in your hand within just five working days.

I've been putting off making a will because it seemed like it would take a lot of time and effort – but I was done in 15 minutes! Would definitely recommend Farewill to anyone. Hayley, Trustpilot reviewer

Why your will should always be checked by an expert

While it’s perfectly legal to write your own will, it is important to have it checked by an expert. This helps to make sure you haven’t made any mistakes or left things open to interpretation, which could open the door to someone contesting your will.

Our solicitor-approved guide is designed to minimise the chances of this happening. You simply input all the necessary information, then we take care of the phrasing for you. However, there are still certain sections that benefit from being checked by experts.

If, for example, you have two children but only choose to leave your estate to one of them, our experts will flag this to make sure it’s your intention. This can really help to make sure that everything in your will is clear and easy to understand, and it also gives you the peace of mind that you’re getting it right.

What are the benefits of writing your will at home?

You don’t have to make an appointment

One of the most frustrating things about making a will with a solicitor is that you have to make an appointment. This usually needs to be within office hours too, which may mean you have to take time off work in order to write your will.

With Farewill, you can write your will online whenever it suits you. And even if you have a question or want to talk things through with someone, our experts are here seven days a week to help you out.

You can write your will privately

Writing a will with a solicitor can be quite a formal experience. There’s always a lot of focus on money, assets and beneficiaries, which can make the whole thing feel very functional.

When you write a will online with Farewill, you can do those things too – but you can also make your will much more personal. This includes things like leaving messages to your loved ones and telling people what songs you want played at your funeral. You could even include some fun gifts to make your friends laugh when you’re gone.

It can be hard to talk about these things when sitting across a desk with a solicitor, but writing a will on your computer makes it easy.

It only costs £100 – or £160 for couples

One of the biggest benefits of writing your will at home is the fact that you don’t have to pay to see a solicitor face to face. You can read more information about the cost of making a will.

One of our recent customers, Amanda, was quoted £225 by a solicitor before deciding to write her will online with Farewill for just £100.

And if you’re in a relationship, you can save an extra £40 by getting joint wills with your partner.

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