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.
The first section covers personal details, such as your name and contact details.
The second section covers your address.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The seventh section covers Will provisions regarding your pets. If you do not have any pets, you can skip this section.
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.
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.
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.
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.