How to write your Will online
A.D.E Wills’ online services makes writing your Will online fast, simple and widely accessible. Use our secure servers to make your Will now with confidence.
Getting started with writing your Will is very easy. You will find many buttons taking you to the Will writing page across the A.D.E Wills website, such as the “Write your Will now” button on the homepage.
You will be taken to the online Will writing section.
Click “Let’s do it” and simply answer the questions as they appear. All your answers will be securely stored in our servers and not disclosed to any third parties without your express permission.
Section 1: Personal Details
The first section covers personal details, such as your name and contact details.
Section 2: Address
The second section covers your address.
Section 3: Capacity
The third section covers testamentary capacity. This is an important aspect of Will writing which is often overlooked. If a person makes a Will and did not have the mental ability to fully understand what they were doing, then the Will can be challenged on the basis that they lacked ‘testamentary capacity’.
This section is important in acting as evidence that you had the required testamentary capacity when writing your Will, helping to protect your Will and your last wishes. It will ask whether you have any disabilities and why you are making a Will.
If you wish to make a Will on behalf of someone who has lost the capacity to do so, then you will need to make a Statutory Will. You can find out more about Statutory Wills here.
The Golden Rule is that if there is doubt over someone’s mental capacity, a medical professional should be consulted to carry out an assessment. You can learn more about arranging for such an assessment here.
Section 4: Your Estate
The fourth section includes very basic questions about some property you own. This allows our team to consider whether Inheritance Tax is relevant to your estate and what we can do to reduce the amount payable.
This is very simple and may be something small, such as passing property to certain family members or making use of life interest or discretionary trusts. The process for including these are both simple.
Some of your assets may pass independently of your Will provisions for several reasons. You can find out more about them here.
Section 5: Executors
The fifth section covers your Executors. Simply state how many you would like and then write each of their names and addresses in the box provided.
Section 6: Guardians
The sixth section covers testamentary guardians. If you do not have children under the age of 18, you can skip this section. This section allows you to choose who you wish to become the legal guardian for any of your children aged 18 or under.
You can learn more about testamentary guardians here. Simply state the name and address of your chosen guardians and the child in question.
Section 7: Pets
The seventh section covers Will provisions regarding your pets. If you do not have any pets, you can skip this section.
You can learn more about the options available regarding caring for your pet here.
Section 8: Specific Gifts
The eighth section covers specific gifts. These can be gifts of money, land or other items of property you own to a friend, loved one or charity.
Simply state the value or item you wish to gift and to whom in the boxes provided.
Section 9: Residuary Estate
The ninth section covers gifts of your residuary estate. Your residuary estate is what is left after all the other gifts, tax, funeral and administrative expenses are paid. You can make gifts of your residuary estate in terms of percentage shares, fractions, in its entirety to one person, or shared amongst a trust.
Simply state your wishes in the box provided.
In case one of your beneficiaries were to pass away before you, it is important to have a replacement beneficiary to receive the gift. Otherwise, a partial intestacy will arise and the property in the failed gift would pass under the intestacy rules. You can learn more about the Intestacy Rules here.
Simply state who you wish to be your replacement beneficiaries in the box provided.
Section 10: Funeral Wishes
The tenth section covers funeral plans. Here, you can arrange to plan a prepaid funeral plan. If you do not wish to include your funeral wishes in your Will, you can skip this section.
If you are interested in learning more about prepaid funeral plans, you can find out more here.
Section 11: Proof of Identity
The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require appropriate identity (ID) evidence to be provided when certain transactions take place.
As such, this section enables you to provide the following required ID:
Proof of your name
This can be your current signed passport, original birth certificate, current UK driving licence or a full old-style driving licence
Proof of your address
This can be a utility bill (gas, electric, satellite television, landline phone bill) issued within the last three months, local authority council tax bill for the current council tax year, or a current UK driving licence (but only if not used for the name evidence)
Section 12: Final Questions
The final section simply asks whether there is any other further information you wish to add. This is a good place to:
• state that you wish to have a life interest or discretionary trust in your Will;
• state that you wish to take advantage of our free Will service;
• ask any questions you may have about your Will or the Will writing process;
• include any further instructions about your Will;
• state that your Will forms part of a couple Will (stating the name of your partner). Your partner will also have to fill out the Wills Questionnaire themselves, separately.
After completing the questionnaire, you will see a message informing you that our team will review your instructions. They will check everything is in order and contact you to answer any questions or confirm your instructions.
From then, you will have your downloadable Will within 7 working days, along with your Clause Clarification and Signing Guides.
Get started now.