DIY mania has gripped Britain this summer thanks to TV makeover programmes, the desire to accomplish something rewarding and the empowerment that we all feel after a few hours of surfing the Net.
But, one area in which DIY can be far more dangerous that hitting your thumb with a hammer is that of writing your Will.
Get it wrong and you won’t just be bruised. Instead you will end up bequeathing a potential nightmare for your bereaved and grief-stricken friends and relatives to deal with.
Choose to overlook an obvious beneficiary, without explaining why, use words open to a different interpretation, or be ignorant of how the law operates in relation to your individual circumstances and your final wishes may become a DIY disaster.
Writing a Will is a skill, not a hobby
Or at least it should be. According to Worcestershire based Willwriting experts Amba Legal Services, however, just as many legal loopholes can be found in Wills written by unqualified Willwriters, or by the Wills factories now springing up.
“DIY Wills and those drawn up by unqualified Willwriters may not be worth the paper they are written on”, says Lauren Williams of Amba Legal Services. “It’s a terrible but true fact that, currently, a Willwriter does not need to have a qualification. So, many people could be misled into thinking their Will is sound, when it is not.”
Professionally written Wills
Lauren says, “Here at Amba Legal Services we offer advice from IPW qualified specialists who come under the strict regulation of the Institute of Professional Willwriters.” This self-regulatory body only offers membership to those who pass its entrance exam, or a recognised equivalent, undergo continuous training, have a minimum of £2 million professional indemnity cover in place and who abide by strict codes of conduct.
So, if you wish to do right by your loved ones, rather than doing it yourself, call the professionals at Amba Legal Services on 01299 251442.