Frequently asked questions
How much does an online will cost?
The cost of writing a will online is £49 for a single will or £75 for couples, saving you £23 compared to the cost of two separate wills. You can sign up and start writing your will for free – you only need to pay when you’re finished and ready for your will to be checked by our specialists.
What's the cost of updating a will?
Our online wills include an update service that costs just £10 a year – free for the first year. This allows you to log back into your account any time in the future to update your will. It can also be cancelled any time if you don’t think you’ll need to make any updates. Once your updated will has been checked, approved, printed, signed and witnessed, you should destroy the old one to avoid any confusion for your executors.
If you choose to write a will with a solicitor on the high street instead, you would likely need a codicil to amend your will. This is a separate document that costs around £39 each time. However, if you want to change more than 10% of your will, you’ll likely be recommended to make a brand new will instead to prevent the changes from being challenged in the future.
When can I contact my will writer?
Unlike the majority of high street and online companies we are here when you need us, we understand that life still goes on and that the majority of companies work 9 – 5 whilst most people are working. We are open from 7:30am – 8pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm Saturday and operate an out of our service also including Sundays. This can be done via phone, email or via a skype video chat for that more personal touch.
Why are you so much cheaper than my local solicitor?
Unlike high street solicitors we have a lot lower overheads and managed to keep costs down which allow us to pass this saving on to you, we are not here to profit from this difficult time in your life.
How do you choose who inherits your estate?
Most married couples, civil partners and long-term partners choose to leave the bulk of their residuary estate to their partner. This is usually due to shared responsibilities like bringing up children or paying a mortgage where your partner would rely on your financial support.
If you’re a parent but don’t have a partner, you may wish to share your estate between your children. Anything left to children under 18 will usually be held by your executors until they reach adulthood. Your executors can choose to transfer the gift to the child’s parent or guardian for safekeeping at their discretion, or to use it for the child’s benefit before they reach 18.
What is an executor and how do you appoint them?
An executor of a will is somebody you nominate to carry out the wishes left in your will. They could be a friend, family member or a professional – the most important thing is that they feel comfortable and confident administering your estate.
When you write a will with our online will writing service, appointing your executors is easy. Whether you choose friends, family, Farewill Trustees or a combination of all three, you can do so in just a few clicks.
How much inheritance tax will I have to pay?
The inheritance tax rate for 2019/20 is £325,000 – this is also known as the nil rate band. If your estate is worth more than £325,000, you will usually have to pay 40% on everything over the nil rate band. However, if you're married or in a civil partnership and your partner is domiciled in the UK, anything you leave to your partner will be tax free, regardless of the size of your estate.
In this scenario, your partner would also inherit 100% of your £325,000 tax allowance, giving them a total allowance of £650,000. Your partner could then leave behind an estate up to the value of £650,000 without having to pay any inheritance tax.
Is a will legally binding?
To make your will legally binding you need to make sure it’s signed alongside two witnesses. It’s really important that both witnesses watch you sign your will at the same time, then they also need to add their own details and signatures. This is so that, if your will is ever contested in the future, your witnesses can testify that they watched you sign your will.
How do I get people to witness my will when I'm self-isolating?
If you are self-isolating but need people to witness and sign your will, it’s incredibly important that you don’t put it off. To get around this, you could arrange for both of your witnesses to watch through a closed window as you sign your will – it’s important that they’re present at the same time for this.
Then, after ensuring that your witnesses have recently sanitised their hands, you can pass your will through your letterbox. You’ll then need to return to the window to watch them both add their details and signatures to your will – ideally, they should use their own pens for this.
After sanitising their hands again, they can return the will to you through the letterbox, allowing you to put it away somewhere safe.
How can I find a will solicitor during the Covid-19 Lockdown?
If you’re only looking for a simple, straightforward will, our online will writing service should cover everything you need. But if your situation is more complex – for example, if you require specific advice on estate planning and inheritance tax – our telephone service may be a better option.
To speak to a will specialist today, please call us on 01872 309222. We can talk through your situation, answer any questions you have and provide you with a free quote over the phone. If you’re happy to proceed with our service, we’ll arrange a follow-up call with a will writer at a time that’s convenient for you.