Why is LegalWills better than a Will kit?
At LegalWills.co.za, we take advantage of the most advanced online technology to guarantee that you
can prepare a Will that looks word-for-word the same as one prepared by a lawyer.
Our service has evolved over the course of
We are now so confident in the performance of our interactive Will service that we offer a 100%
full money back guarantee if you are not completely happy with your document.
"I used your service to write a Will for my dear wife Christine who passed
away this year. The Will was easy to fill out and very straightforward. I never
had one problem arise because of the Will." ---
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How do we compare to the competition?
How is the Will service at
better than a blank form do-it-yourself Will kit?
You should use the services of a lawyer if you need legal advice. However, most people do not need legal advice to prepare a Will.
A Last Will and Testament is essentially a simple document. It allows you to make key appointments, and expresses your wishes for
the distribution of your property.
However, you need to be careful, because mistakes can be made. Especially when attempting to
write your Will using a blank form kit that you can buy from Amazon or a bookshop.
guides you through the process of writing your Will so
you avoid many of the pitfalls associated with blank form DIY Will kits.
Most do it yourself Will kits are too simple
At LegalWills.co.za, we have spent many years reviewing blank form Will kits and we continue to be shocked at their shortcomings.
Most DIY Will kits give too much responsibility to the individual preparing the Will. There are too many blank spaces and not enough guidance.
The consequences of incorrectly completing a blank kit are extreme; at best it can lead to one of your bequests not reaching the intended beneficiary;
at worst, the entire Will can be voided and your estate will be distributed according to intestate law.
Oftentimes, the issue is with what is missing from the kits, rather than what is included in the Will kits.
Sample Will Kits
We have purchased some Will kits to demonstrate the issues. Hopefully these examples will illustrate to you the advantages of using
an online service like the one at LegalWills.co.za.
The kits we are highlighting below are the biggest sellers in South Africa. We purchased them from major bookshops and online retailers.
The first example demonstrates how difficult it can be to prepare a well-drafted Will. The blank space has a full page asking you to
list your legacies (Yes, you can actually buy this "kit" and we paid good money for it.) There are at least two significant
problems with this approach:
- Firstly, you should not list all of your assets in your Will. You don't know when your Will is going to come into effect –
it could be tomorrow, it could be in 30 years time. During this time your assets will change. You do not want to have to
update your Will every time an asset changes.
- Secondly, once your Will is probated, it becomes a public document that anybody can read. You may not want detailed
descriptions of all of your assets available for public entertainment.
Competitor Sample #1
What makes a Will kit a legal Will?
Any downloadable Will service can claim to be a "legal Will". A Legal Will is simple a declaration of your Last Will and
Testament that is signed in the presence of two witnesses. You could type on a blank piece of paper that "this is my Last
Will and Testament. I leave everything to my wife Jane", sign the document in the presence of two witnesses, and it would
technically be your legal Will. It just wouldn't be a very good one.
Here is a second example, of a "legal Will kit" that is little more than a blank piece of paper.
Competitor Sample #2
A Quality Last Will and Testament Service
One of the most challenging aspects of describing the distribution of your estate is covering the "what if" scenarios.
Oftentimes that distribution plan is very simple. For example, you may leave everything to your spouse. But what if you are both
involved in an accident at the same time? You need a backup plan. If you have children, they may become the main beneficiaries,
but you may also need to name guardians for their care, and set up trusts if they are under the age of 18. You may also want to
include a charitable bequest. It's the lack of a backup plan that often makes do-it-yourself Will kits unenforceable.
Competitor Sample #3
How does the MyWill™ service help create a legal Will?
The service at LegalWills.co.za takes these issues into account. For the vast majority of users, we provide you with a Will
that is word for word identical to one prepared by a lawyer. We guide you through the process and make sure that every possible
scenario is covered in your distribution plan. We prompt you to name your key appointments, describe your family situation,
ask you to name guardians for children if appropriate, and set up trusts. We use the same software that is used by lawyers
across South Africa, but we have adapted it, and given you direct access to it.
Advantages to writing your Will with LegalWills.co.za
In addition to giving you a superior Last Will and Testament, there are some additional benefits to using the service at
LegalWills.co.za to prepare your Will. This offers a significant advantage not only compared to blank form Will kits,
but actually provides more value than a standard Will writing professional or lawyer's service.
Great value for money.
Not only can you prepare your Will for only
R399, but with this,
you can update your document as often as you wish for one year. Beyond that you can choose to maintain an account with us,
so that you don't have to return to a lawyer each time you need to make an update to your Will.
Your alternate Executor has been taken ill? No problem. Just login to your account, update your appointments, and print a new Will.
Our service is always kept up to date.
Most Will kits are out of date and do not reflect the most recent changes in the law. There have been changes to estate
planning law in South Africa on quite a regular basis and the services at LegalWills.co.za reflect this.
Our Will service teaches you about estate planning.
We will ask you questions that you may not have considered. When you print your final document you will know what it says,
and why it says it.
We have a variety of additional services.
We have services that provide you with a more complete estate plan, including:
and MyMessages™. Used together with the MyKeyholders™ service, we ensure that
your information gets to the people who need it, at the right time (and not before).
Peace of mind.
You can also have your final Last Will and Testament checked over for consistency and completeness by one
of our estate planning lawyers.
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and see for yourself what sets us apart.
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