When buying anything, there is typically a normal price you might expect to pay. If you are offered something much cheaper, there is
generally a good reason why. For example, it could be a piece of furniture you have to build yourself or an electrical item that soon goes wrong!
This is also true with buying a Will. The low cost offerings tend to be, Will Packs, from a stationers shop, on line Wills, and some Will providers advertising on line.
The first thing to consider is that these are always going to be very simple Wills.
Possibly the cheapest option is the Will Pack. These provide all the documents, but essentially, you are creating the Will yourself. These sell for £5-£20. Sadly, some customers are simply not aware of the problems they may face and the Will may not always be executed correctly. This can mean the completed Will is invalid, which can create an Intestacy, the same situation as if there was no Will at all. This can mean your chosen beneficiaries do not receive the gifts you intended.
Such packs are unlikely to offer alternative beneficiaries, if a chosen beneficiary dies unexpectedly. A move on from this, is an online Will, where you buy a Will kit, which you can download. The same problems exist. However, some companies will also appoint their firm as executor in the on line Will, so the family have to go back to them at the time of death.
The fees charged may be higher than would be charged by a local solicitor for example. Ben Wilkinson writing in the Daily Mail on 17th, July 2019 gave details of such a case.
Also beware if a Will writing service simply appears too cheap. I have seen on line companies advertise that they will visit you and produce a Will for you for as little as £14. This may be used as an
opportunity to get in front of potential customers, to then sell them other products and services such as funeral plans. Sadly, the Will, may not actually be that great. The adviser is also unlikely to want to spend much time producing the Will, or return for a second meeting, to make sure the Will is signed and witnessed correctly, so the customers can be left having to arrange the signing themselves and as before, mistakes can arise.