Why making a will isn’t as awful as you might expect

Dispelling the myths around what it means to write a will.

by Corissa Nunn
February 28, 2018

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Making a will sounds like one of life’s low points, doesn’t it?

Did you realise you need one years ago but can’t bear to face the music?

The emotional stress. The hassle of a visit to the solicitor. The time it takes, and the hundreds of pounds it costs.

At least there’s always the option of wrestling with legalese if you choose a DIY pack, combined with the fear that you’ve bungled it up...


It’s no surprise that 4 in 10 people in the UK die without a will, considering how awful the process is.

Or rather, how awful it used to be.

We want to bring down that statistic. Because the consequences of dying without a will… well, they’re pretty awful too. (It’s a bureaucratic nightmare for your loved ones and costs them on average £9,700 in lost assets, just for starters.)

Farewill is the UK’s #1 will writer. The smartest way to make your will. Online. Legally binding. In 15 minutes, for £90.

Thousands people have used Farewill to tick “get a will sorted” off their to-do list. It’s earned us a score of 9.5/10 on Trustpilot, an independent review site.

Why not see how quick and easy it is to get started? Take a look.

Or want to find out how we’re busting the myths about how awful the will-making process is? Read on.

Myth #1: Making a will is too expensive

Yes, a solicitor can be expensive. They charge £200-£500 for a one-off will. That’s bad enough as it is, but assuming you’ll remake your will a few times as your circumstances change in future the picture quickly worsens.

But here’s the good news: At Farewill, you can make your will online for just £90 and subscribe to lifetime updates for £10 a year. You can come back and update it whenever you need, and if the law ever changes, so will your will - because we’ve got you covered. And every will is checked by hand by one of our in-house legal experts, so there’s no compromise in quality.

Myth #2: Making a will is too difficult

True, a visit to the solicitor is a hassle to organise. You have the sneaking suspicion that you’re being overcharged, and that’s before you’ve even managed to get a date in the diary. And jargony DIY will packs are a headache to get to grips with… the jargon is a pain… what if you’ve got something wrong?

But here’s the good news: With Farewill, the quick and easy online form walks you through every step of the process in plain English. Even better, it saves your progress, so if you need to check something, you can come back and finish it later. And if you have any questions along the way? You can ask our team of experts, here to support you 7 days a week. (We also check every single will by hand to make sure it’s legally watertight.)

Myth #3: There’s no point because it’ll be out of date soon

This used to be true. If you get a one-off will through a solicitor, or use one of those DIY packs, it has a shelf life that only lasts until a) your circumstances change or b) the law changes.

But here’s the good news: With Farewill, you have unlimited updates for £10 a year after you’ve paid £90 for your first will. This subscription lets you log into your online dashboard and update your will anytime, whenever you need. And if the law changes? You’re covered there too, because we’ll let you know and update your will for you.

Myth #4: It’s hard to know where to start

You’re right, they don’t teach us this stuff in school. Like so much other stuff - mortgages, insurance, pensions - we have to work it out ourselves. And you really don’t want to make a mistake with your will, so it becomes one of those things you just put off… and off… and off… until it’s too late.

But here’s the good news: With Farewill, you can see for yourself how easy it is, risk-free. No need to pay upfront. Just have a look around, start filling in the form, explore how it works, and no need to pay until you’ve got the finished article.

Myth #5: Making a will is stressful

Yes. Thinking about life, death, the universe and everything is already a big enough topic. Add to that the logistical and emotional stress you’re up against when you make your will the traditional way, jumping through all the hoops, working stuff out by yourself, and it can all feel pretty overwhelming.

But here’s the good news: Farewill was created to strip out all of the avoidable stress around the process of making your will. Our website is surprisingly friendly and easy to use. Why? Because it was built hand in hand by technology experts, lawyers and designers. We wanted it to be as simple and straightforward as possible. No jargon, start and stop as it suits you, get help if you need it.

You know you need a will, but you’re worried about the process.

We can help with that.

So if you...

…have been putting off making your will because you always thought it’d be an awful process

...want complete control over your will if your circumstances change in future

...seek the peace of mind of knowing you’ve ticked an important item off your to-do list

...are keen to get it sorted with minimum hassle, so you can get on with life

Then Farewill is for you.

How to make your will, without even the beginnings of a headache

Want to test the water first? There’s no upfront payment, so you can try Farewill for yourself and see how easy it is to make your will, risk-free, in seconds.

  1. Start. Start filling in Farewill’s quick and easy online form (you can do it on your phone from the comfort of your sofa, or at a desk with a computer, whatever you prefer).
  2. Save. We’ll store your progress as you go along (so you can do it in stages if you prefer).
  3. Get prompted. We’ll take you step by step through the process and guide you through each section (in plain English, so even people who haven’t got a clue about wills can do it).
  4. Get support. Any questions along the way, you can ask our team of experts on the phone or through online chat (we’re here 7 days a week, 9am-9pm, with an average response time of 2 minutes).
  5. Pay. Once you’re happy, you can pay online and submit your will to our team of experts.
  6. Get it checked. We review every single will by hand, so we can make sure it’s watertight (and if it isn’t, we’ll work with you to revise any errors or omissions).
  7. Print and sign. You then print it and sign it with the help of two witnesses. Your Farewill account is yours forever, so you can come back anytime and update it or re-print it if you need.

And that’s it. The peace of mind of a legally binding will. Job done, hassle-free, in as little as 15 minutes.

Get started now with Farewill

Is there anyone who shouldn’t use Farewill?

We’re sorry, but you can’t use Farewill if you live outside England or Wales. (We’re working on it.)

The only other reason we might not be right for you is if you have very complicated affairs, such as commercial assets.

That said, Farewill is perfect for 97 in 100 adults. If it turns out we’re not right for you after all when we check your will, we’ll refund you in full.

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