COVID-19 Coronavirus legal advice for individuals wanting to make a will

Given the very unique and unprecedented circumstances caused by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are approaching us for advice on how they can safely make a will.

We offer two solutions that could help you in the current circumstances:

  1. an online tool which allows you to create your own will, in your own time; and
  2. an over the telephone service which allows you to seek advice from our team before we write your will for you.

We’ve put together some information below on both options and also the formal steps you’ll need to take to make your will valid and legally binding.

Please make sure you are abiding by the latest government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus when you are signing and witnessing your will.

We hope this information helps but if you would prefer to speak to someone about your situation direct or discuss how you can make your will legally binding in the current circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Make a will online

If you are clear about what you want to achieve and if your wishes are uncontroversial and unlikely to be disputed, this option may suit you. This is our most straightforward and simple will writing service that allows you to write your own will.


This option is self-sufficient; there is no legal advice provided and no interaction with our lawyers. Once you’ve completed the online form, you will need to make sure it is legally binding by following the formalities detailed below.

 

CREATE MY WILL ONLINE

Make a will by telephone

This option is for those who want to talk through their situation and seek guidance from one of our experts on the best way to give effect to your wishes. We have a will writing instruction form which we can send to you either via email or post that details all the areas you’ll need to give thought to before formalising your will.

If you would like to make a will over the telephone, please give us a call or use our contact form on the tab on the right hand side to let us know your availability and we will endeavour to arrange a convenient time to call you.  

The formalities – make sure your will is legally binding

Whether you pick the online or over the telephone option, for any will to be legally binding it must be signed by you and two witnesses in the presence of each other. We’ll send you full execution instructions with your final draft but once you have finalised  the contents of your will, you’ll need to follow the steps below:

  1. Step 1 – Make a hard copy
    Download and print your will on good quality paper.  If possible, print double-sided so that there are no blank spaces between each clause of your will.  Do not print more than one copy of your will.  

  2. Step 2 - Bind your will
    Your will must be securely bound.  Place the pages in the correct order and staple them together three times down the left-hand margin – at the top, middle and bottom. Once this is done, do not attempt to remove the staples or update any wording, as any sign of tampering may cause your will to become invalid.

  3. Step 3 - Choose your witnesses
    The witnesses must not be anyone that is named as a beneficiary in your will and must not be married to or the civil partner of anyone named as a beneficiary in your will. You should ask people who are impartial to your circumstances. Even though they may not be mentioned in your will, family members are not usually recommended as suitable witnesses. Your witnesses do not need to read your will or know its contents; they are only required to witness you signing your will.  

If you are unsure about your choice of witnesses please contact us for further guidance. We can also check the execution of your will to make sure it has been signed and witnessed correctly.

Storing your will

Once your will is signed by you and your two witnesses it becomes legally binding. You should not attach any other documents by paperclip, staple or any other method to your will.

If you have completed a will with us, we will store it for you free of charge. However, given the current circumstances, you’ll need to keep your will safely stored until you are able to return it to us safely. You should also let your executors know where they can find it if needed.

 


Get in touch

Please make sure you are abiding by the latest government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus when you are signing and witnessing your will.

If you want any more advice on how to make a will, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also find more general information about wills on our dedicated wills page.

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