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The web isn't a substitute for advice

by Dennis Gardener


20/08/2011

There was an article in the Guardian on Friday extolling the virtues and explosion onto the market of online wills and other legal practices, put together by Neil Rose.

Yes, there will always be cheaper direct services from the 'willpack' which you can buy from the Post Office the Co-op etc. through to the modern medium of online web based sites offering to help you, sometimes in a matter of minutes produce an all singing all dancing document that is going to see your loved ones all getting their inheritances, produced painlessly and very cheaply.

But do they work I hope you are all questioning?

Well as the article says in simple cases yes they can, but the chances of making a mistake is great. I have tried one or two of these sites and knowing what I wanted to achieve, got myself into a serious muddle and gave up in frustration.

If you don't read the question in exactly the way the writer intended you can end up doing the exact opposite to what you intended.

  • You could produce a will under English law which is pointless if you are domiciled in Scotland. 
  • You name your children and then have more & woop, the biggest family row as young Tommy is disinherited! and so it goes on.

The disclaimers on these sites are so all encompassing that you end up not having any rights left to claim against anybody if you do make a mistake!

The article points out that there is no substitute from having a professional to talk things through with. The computer does not offer advice to your particular set of circumstances. People can fraudulently make wills signing on as other people! How can you hope to know if the person filling in the form is of sound mind? Are they being forced or pressured into writing that online will?

I urge everyone to make their will with a reputable willwriter. A member of the Institute of Scottish Willwriters (or our counterparts across the border) gives you the piece of mind that they are complying with the Office of Fair Trading code of approval, that they have passed their exams, completed their 20 hours+ of Continual Professional Development each year and have insurance in place of at least £2 million per document. Now that’s piece of mind! and a real person to talk your situation through with, D

o you really want to leave behind a mess and nothing but bad blood and arguments? Do it right for that piece of mind!

'Before your deid use your heid!'

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