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DIY wills are not a new phenomenon and have been around for some time. An attractive option to many, allowing a saving of a few hundred pounds. But what position can this leave your family in?

In the High Court there were 227 disputes in relation to inheritance in 2018. This number increased substantially to 368 in 2019. This increase has been fueled by the increased use of DIY wills which, unfortunately, can contain mistakes.

Insufficient guidance is provided when it comes to conflicts of interests and signing and witnessing of the documents, amongst other things, thus leaving a number of documents practically useless.

Issues commonly encountered:

  • Invalidity due to incorrect signing and witnessing
  • No appointment of executors
  • Badly worded documents causing uncertainty as to wishes
  • Disgruntled family members raising issues in relation to lack of capacity or undue influence

How can we help?

We have a dedicated team of lawyers who can advise you and provide a will writing service, avoiding costly mistakes and guiding you through the process from start to finish. Ramsdens Solicitors will also store your will until required, providing peace of mind to you and your loved ones.

Once your will is signed and completed, all previous wills are revoked.

For more information call our Private Client team to discuss your options on 01484 821 500, email or text LAW to 67777 to book a free information session at any of our offices.

Probate disputes

We also have a Litigation team experienced in dealing with disputes arising in relation to probate and inheritance disagreements who will guide you through the difficult process.

For advice and support on Probate and Inheritance Disputes, please email us at or call us on 0800 988 3650 and our team will advise you of the next steps with compassion and care.