Creating a will is a vital step in ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you pass away. Many individuals contemplate whether to use a DIY will kit or seek the assistance of a solicitor to draft their will. While DIY will kits may seem like a convenient and cost-effective option, there are several compelling reasons why it is preferable to have a solicitor draw up your will. In this blog post, we will explore these reasons to help you make an informed decision regarding your estate planning.

  1. Legal Expertise

Solicitors are legal experts who specialize in various areas of law, including wills and estate planning. They possess a deep understanding of the complex legal requirements and nuances involved in drafting a will. When you hire a solicitor, you benefit from their knowledge and experience, ensuring that your will is legally sound and complies with all relevant laws and regulations.

  1. Tailored Advice

Every individual’s circumstances are unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach provided by DIY will kits may not address your specific needs. A solicitor can provide personalized advice and guidance based on your financial situation, family dynamics, and personal preferences. They can help you make informed decisions about how to distribute your assets and address any potential complications that may arise.

  1. Avoiding Errors and Omissions

DIY will kits are notorious for errors and omissions that can lead to disputes, delays, and additional expenses during the probate process. Solicitors have the expertise to carefully review your will, ensuring that it accurately reflects your intentions and is free from ambiguities or mistakes that could cause legal issues down the line.

  1. Updates and Amendments

Over time, your circumstances may change, such as acquiring new assets, getting married or divorced, or having children. A solicitor can help you regularly review and update your will to ensure that it remains current and reflects your changing life circumstances. This proactive approach can prevent future disputes and ensure that your wishes are always up to date.

  1. Reducing the Risk of Challenges

Wills are sometimes contested by disgruntled family members or beneficiaries who believe they have been unfairly treated. A professionally drafted will by a solicitor is less likely to face challenges since it is less susceptible to legal loopholes or ambiguity. Solicitors can also provide valuable documentation to demonstrate your mental capacity and intention when creating the will, further reducing the risk of disputes.

  1. Peace of Mind

Perhaps one of the most significant advantages of having a solicitor draw up your will is the peace of mind it provides. Knowing that your estate planning has been handled by a legal professional who has considered all relevant factors and potential complications can alleviate stress and uncertainty, both for you and your loved ones.


While DIY will kits may seem like a cost-effective option, the potential pitfalls and complications that can arise from using them make it advisable to hire a solicitor for this crucial task. A solicitor’s expertise, tailored advice, error prevention, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances provide you with the assurance that your will is legally sound and aligned with your wishes. Investing in a solicitor for your will ensures that your estate is managed smoothly and in accordance with your intentions, offering you and your loved ones the peace of mind you deserve.

Georgina Hardman heads our wills department and would be happy to chat any concerns you may have. We also offer a free will for all simple wills. Please call Georgina on 0161 850 9911 or email her at