The concept of a “free Will” often raises questions about its validity and the level of legal scrutiny applied during its preparation. At Barrett and Co, we frequently encounter clients through the National Free Wills Network who seek to create a free Will. We want to assure you that a free Will, when prepared correctly, is just as valid and legally biding as any other Will. Let’s discuss why in this article.

Legal Validity of Free Wills

A Will, whether prepared free of charge or for a fee, must comply with the same legal requirements to be considered under valid under UK law. These requirements include:

  • The Testator’s Capacity: The person making the Will (the testator) must be of sound mind, meaning they understand the nature of the document and the extent of their assets.
  • Voluntary Intention: The Will must be made voluntarily without undue influence or coercion.
  • Proper Execution: The Will must be in writing, signed by the testator in the presence of two independent witnesses, who must also sign the document.

At Barrett and Co, we ensure that every Will, including those prepared for free, meets these stringer requirements.

Our team applied the same meticulous care and legal expertise to free Wills as we do to those for paying clients. This means you receive a comprehensive service that includes:

  • Detailed Initial Consultation: Understanding your wishes and advising on the best ways to ensure your estate is distributed according to your intentions
  • Drafting Expertise: Crafting a Will that clearly outlines your instructions and considers potential issues such as inheritance tax and the needs of dependents.
  • Legal Assurance: Ensuring all legal formalities are meticulously followed so that your Will stands up to scrutiny, including arranging a Will signing meeting for you to ensure that our staff are able to act as the witnesses to your Will.

By choosing Barrett and Co to prepare you free Will, you are ensuring that your final wishes are clearly articulated and legally enforceable. Our solicitors are dedicated to providing a service that guarantees peace of mind, knowing that your estate will be managed according to your desires.

Validity is Always Secured with Barrett and Co

In conclusion, a free Will prepared by a reputable firm of solicitors is a valid and secure option. At Barrett and Co, we are committed to delivering the highest standards of service, ensuring that all Wills prepared by us are legally sound and reflective of your wishes. With our expertise, you can rest assured that your estate planning is in good hands.