Five reasons you should use a solicitor to write your will


If you are thinking about writing a will, you may have considered doing it yourself. There are many templates and tools available online, along with vast amounts of information about the law and how to go about writing your own will. However, there are significant benefits to using a solicitor to write your will – not to mention the pitfalls of trying to do it yourself. In this blog, I will look at five reasons to use a solicitor to write your will.

A solicitor knows what to ask

One of the key benefits of using a solicitor begins even before the will writing process. Writing a will is part of estate planning, and while it is an important part, there are many practical and legal matters you may also wish to get in order. Similarly, a solicitor will be able to draw out all of the property and interests that make up your estate, ensuring that nothing is forgotten about.  A solicitor will work with you to create a comprehensive will that accurately reflects your estate and your wishes.

Your will, will be properly drafted

A will is a formal legal document and, as a result, must meet certain legal requirements. While you may have read and understood what these legal requirements are, can you be confident that you will be able to meet them? Even many online will templates and services fail to observe the legal requirements for validity, and where this happens, your will writing efforts may have been pointless. Furthermore, where a will is not properly drafted, it will be invalid or open to challenge. You can save your loved ones difficulty later on and put your mind at ease by using a solicitor.

A solicitor will word the document correctly

Drafting a will is complicated. It requires careful wording and understanding to ensure that your wishes are reflected accurately. Many wills disputes arise out of unclear wording, but by using a solicitor you can ensure that your directions are not left open to interpretation.

A solicitor understands how to draft a will for complex finances or family structures

If you have complicated finances, or you have even a slightly more complex family structure, we would advise you to use a solicitor to draft your will. Drafting a will to account for, for example, stepchildren can be complicated, and you could end up unintentionally leaving those closest to you with no inheritance.

Inheritance tax planning and Power of Attorney

As discussed above, writing a will is about more than just setting out where your property will go. With the specialist skill and knowledge of a solicitor, you can also plan to mitigate your inheritance tax liability, allowing you to leave more behind for your loved ones. Similarly, when making a will, many people choose to make a Power of Attorney too. A Power of Attorney is for your own protection, so that should anything happen to you, you know your affairs will be taken care of as you wish.

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*This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.


Marie-Claire Robson

Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

Marie-Claire joined the Wills, Trusts & Estates team here at Hart Brown in 2020 as a Senior Solicitor based at the Guildford office. After graduating...

Marie-Claire Robson- Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

Marie-Claire Robson

Marie-Claire joined the Wills, Trusts & Estates team here at Hart Brown in 2020 as a Senior Solicitor based at the Guildford office.

After graduating with an LLB in Law and German language in 2004 from Surrey University, Marie-Claire subsequently worked for a firm in Bournemouth before moving to live in Guildford in 2013.

Since qualifying, Marie-Claire has achieved full STEP membership and she has completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Drafting.

Marie-Claire specialises in the preparation of Wills, lasting powers of attorney, Court of Protection applications, administration of estates and the setting up and administration of trusts.

Clients appreciate her approachable, friendly manner and focus on maintaining regular contact with updates from start to finish.