Can I write a will myself?
As an adult, you can indeed write your own will without the need for professional assistance. However, the many cases of problems which have arisen from a will not being written correctly or in the best way possible, means that your executors may be faced with additional stress and loss of inheritance after your death, should you choose to go down this route.
Common mistakes occur when it has not been made clear within the will, precisely how the deceased’s assets are to be distributed, or if the document has not been signed or witnessed legally. These mistakes can later prove to be exceedingly costly for your beneficiaries.
A case was highlighted recently when a DIY will took the form of some handwritten notes. The main bulk of the notes had indeed been signed and witnessed correctly, but then the deceased had then gone on to add further notes. There was also considerable ambiguity regarding the wording of the will.
Unravelling the contents of the will, sorting out the legalities and investigating the deceased’s actual wishes may well have cost the beneficiaries considerably more in legal costs, than it would have done so, had the individual sought the advice of a professional will writer from the start.