Protect your family with a will to suit your needs

Protect your family with a will to suit your needs

Safeguard your family in as little as 15 minutes by using our simple online will service. Just answer a few questions and our specialist writers will check your will for you to ensure it’s legally sound. As soon as it’s ready, you can download and sign it with your witnesses.

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Why do you need a will?

In the UK, if you die without leaving a valid will, this is known as dying intestate. This effectively takes away your control of who inherits your estate, leaving it to the government’s guidelines to distribute any finances, property or other assets you have.

In the majority of cases, what you’d like to happen with your assets doesn’t match the reality of how they’re distributed, which could potentially cause a lot of stress, upset and confusion for any loved ones left behind.

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60% of UK Adults don’t have a will

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£15bn of inheritance has been left unclaimed

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72% of those aged 35-54 haven’t made a will

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19% of people admit they don’t like discussing death

By leaving a valid will, you can:

  • Make things easier for your family to organise your estate
  • Help reduce the amount of inheritance tax paid on the estates of your loved ones
  • Nominate guardians for any children or pets you leave behind
  • Ensure your loved ones are provided for by safeguarding your assets
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Why create an online will instead of using a DIY will kit?

There is a range of will templates and DIY kits available out there which may seem like a convenient and quick way to complete your will, but there are many pitfalls to navigate before you can be sure they’re right for your needs.

Any standardised template or DIY will kit bought off the shelf is a generic document which will not take your personal circumstances into consideration. While they might be useful in the simplest of cases, they’re not going to cover the range of needs that an online will could.

Wills can be complex legal documents and should be tailored to your needs, to avoid any confusion and ambiguities about your wishes after you’re gone.

See the table below to learn more about the use cases for both online and DIY will templates.

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Think you might need a bespoke will?

If your needs are more complex, you might require a bespoke will. Take our test to find out if a bespoke will is best for you.

DIY Will Kit

Vital Online Will

PriceApprox. £13.00From £95.00
Features
Costs less than a solicitor Option included Option included
Customised to your personal circumstances Option not included Option included
Pre-completion checks that the will suits your needs Option not included Option included
Comes with a tailored help guide to explain your will in clear terms Option not included Option included
Your will is thoroughly checked by a specialist, typically in 1 working day Option not included Option included
Choice to create a mirror will with a partner (additional fee applies) Option not included Option included

How does our online will service work?

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Fill in the simple online form to create your will.

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Our dedicated wills experts will check and approve your will.

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Once approved, you’re free to download your document(s).

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Sign your will alongside any witnesses. It’s now ready to use!

optional binding service

Choose to have your will bound in a secure and professional manner, to protect it from damage, and ensure it cannot easily be tampered with.

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Mirror Wills

Create a duplicate will to express your wishes together

mirror wills

Mirror wills, sometimes known as bloodline wills, are two separate documents drawn up by partners who have reciprocal wishes. However, as the wills being created are essentially a draft of the same document, they can be created at a discounted rate.

Mirror wills are often used to express common intentions, like partners inheriting each other’s estates when they die. However, unlike the now archaic joint wills, mirror wills are not legally tied, so each will can be changed independently should your wishes diverge in the future.

Without either partner having a will in place, you lose control over what happens to your estate upon your death. Creating a mirror will allows both you and your partner to protect each other, as well as any children you might have, without being bound to the same will.

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In what situations might I need an online will?

If you have simple wishes for your will, and meet certain conditions, then completing your will online is a quick and easy way to get the job done and dusted. Read the examples below to see how an online will might fit best into your circumstances.

Case One

Susan and Mike have divorced but have 2 children together. When they separate, the children stay with Mike and Susan moves in with her new partner, Paul. Susan and Paul later marry, but unfortunately Susan becomes ill unexpectedly and passes away. As Susan didn’t leave a will, all of her estate is left to her new legal partner, Paul. Her ex-husband and children receive none of her assets which could have helped raise the children and been invested for their future.

How would an online will help Susan?

If Susan would have made a simple will, she could have expressed her wishes for a portion of her estate to be left to either her children or, if she preferred, her ex-partner for safekeeping and to help Mike afford the expenses of raising the children. Even though Susan has 2 children, the rules of intestacy in the UK always leaves the first £250,000 of any estate to the surviving legal spouse. Anything above this amount is shared equally between the spouse and any children, but as Susan’s estate was valued at less that this, the children would receive nothing unless specifically outlined in a valid will.

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Case Two

Sam and Julia get married and move in together, along with Julia’s child from a previous relationship, Adam. They later go on to have two more children together. A few years pass and Sam dies after suffering a serious illness. He hasn’t left a will, so the rules of intestacy control to distribution of his assets, which are worth £580,000 in total. His wife, Julia, gets the first £250,000 from Sam’s estate as his spouse, whilst she also gets a 50% share of all of the assets over this amount. Therefore, Julia’s final amount received is £415,000 and Sam’s two children from their marriage receive £82,500 each. However, as Sam never formally adopted Adam, he receives nothing. This is a cause of contention within the family.

How would an online will help Sam?

If Sam had made a will, he could have bequeathed money to Adam which could have been an equal share to that of his and Julia’s biological children. This could have avoided any in-family disputes and ensured that Adam felt valued and adequately provided for, in the same way that his half-siblings were. If this had been the case, each of the 3 children together could have received £55,000 if Sam had chosen to mirror the formal rules of intestacy, or he could have divided all of his estate however he wished between his wife, children and other loved ones he wished to include.

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Case Three

Anna and Jenny are common-law partners. They have lived together for 6 years, but have not entered into a civil partnership or been married. The flat their share belongs to Anna, however when Anna dies, Jenny is unable to make a claim on the property or any of Anna’s estate as they are not legal spouses. They both assumed that because they lived as common-law partners, that they would automatically have rights to each other’s assets should the worst happen. However, this was not the case and all of Anna’s estate including her flat is passed directly to her parents through the rules of intestacy, as Anna and Jenny had no children. Anna had a difficult relationship with her parents and therefore they are not supportive of helping Jenny financially, leaving her in a difficult situation.

How would an online will help Anna?

By making a will, Anna could have ensured that Jenny would have been provided for should something happen to her. It is a common misconception that living together entitles each partner to the other’s assets. Expressing your wishes in a valid will can easily overcome these issues and in this case, Jenny would have been able to remain in the flat and take over the ownership, as well as benefit from any capital that Anna had left behind.

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Why choose an online will with Vital Documents?

Using our simple online will service not only gives you ultimate convenience, but it gives you peace of mind that you’ve got the right will for you, and that it’s legally sound. Most online services only offer a single service; a “one-size-fits-all” simple will. As specialists, we’re aware that a simple will is great for most, but not all people.

That’s why we take care in helping you determine whether you should create an online will, or whether you’d be better speaking to one of our specialists for further advice about a bespoke service before starting your estate planning. Whichever option you choose, you can be sure that you’ve got it right, first time, and avoid any costly mistakes.

jargon busting guide

Understanding a will’s legal language can be confusing! That’s why all our wills are accompanied by a simple, jargon-busting guide, which explains your will one section at a time.

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Choose our online will service if…

assets

You have simple wishes for how you’d like your assets distributed.

inheritance

You have an estate which will fall below the threshold for inheritance tax.

stocks

You don’t own a business or any shares in a business.

property

You don’t own any property or assets overseas.

family

You’re confident that your will won’t be contested by family or other beneficiaries.

trusts

You don’t want to leave any of your assets in a Trust (see more about Trusts here).

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Questions

  • Yes. It is very common to name the executor of you will as one of the beneficiaries. This is completely legal and will not cause any complications in enacting your wishes.

  • You can either ask your executor to keep the original signed copy, or more commonly, have it placed in secure storage for safe keeping. Whatever option you choose, make sure that executors know where and how to access the will.

  • Your will may be contested if someone doesn’t benefit from your estate after you die, and would have expected to. Although this isn’t a common occurrence, you can take steps to avoid any confusion and upset by speaking to your friends and family about your will before creating it. Someone may be able to contest your will if they can prove you haven’t made reasonable financial provisions for them.

    It’s important that you seek expert guidance when creating your will to ensure that your wishes are clear and legally enactable.

  • Technically, anyone over 18 can be the witness to your signature. However, it’s always recommended that you choose someone impartial; that is someone who is not a family member or friend, a beneficiary of your will of the executor.

    Having an impartial witness helps to prevent any unnecessary legal challenges in the future.

  • If you create a will and wish all of your children to inherit, it is important that you make this clear. Naming only some of your children, and omitting others, could result in your will being contested.

    When someone in the line of inheritance who should by rights receive a share isn’t specifically named, it may be ruled as a mistake and be legally overridden. If you want to formally disinherit a child or a direct family member, you will need to make this clear and give your reasoning in your will.

  • Yes you can, and any gift is given tax relief if being donated to a registered charity. By leaving a financial gift in a will, this can be a great way to show appreciation to a charity which is close to your heart and can help them with their ongoing running costs.

  • Yes, though it’s extremely important that you let your executor know that you have done so. It is often the case that a will is not looked at until after a funeral and therefore your wishes may not be known before the service. Create an Additional Clauses section within your bespoke will and use this to provide any guidance for your funeral. Remember however, that this will be seen as your wishes only and is not legally binding.

  • If you go through a life changing event, such as having more children, getting married or divorced or any other change in family circumstances, it’s time to review your will. Some changes in your situation can automatically revoke your previous will and some can merely cause major complications. Whatever changes occur, it’s good practice to check that your will is still sound and make any necessary changes to ensure it will still be legally binding.

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