I apologise for the lack of Christmas Spirit in this post, writing a will is something that’s been on my mind for a while for a couple of reasons…
This year hasn’t been the easiest year for us as a family if I’m honest.
My dad’s been quite unwell and it’s been heartbreaking to see him deteriorate so quickly. He’s just recovering from a second hip replacement surgery and is definitely not the same old Dad that I’m used to these days.
I’m not going to get into it too much but I will say that this year has made me even more aware than ever that we’re not here forever and that it’s going to be hard enough for my family to deal with things when I do die without having to worry about things like my will.
We do have a will each already but it’s just a paper will that we bought somewhere in town and wrote in about five minutes flat so it’s been on my mind lately that we needed something more substantial. So when I got an email from a company who claims to make it easy to write a will and offered to give you all a lovely little discount off their services, I thought it was very appropriate and decided to have a go myself.
There were a couple of reasons why we went DIY with our wills – the first one was the costs involved when going through a solicitor and the second one was the fact that we thought it would be quite complex and time-consuming.
Farewill launched last November and over the last year, they’ve grown to be the biggest will writer in the UK – which doesn’t surprise me at all having used them myself this week. Their wills cost £50 up front (£85 for a couple) with an optional £10 per year for the ability to keep it up to date if you think you’ll need to make changes.
I set aside an hour to go through the process of setting up my will with Farewill and planned another hour the following day to do Mr Frugal’s because I’m super busy at the moment and couldn’t face the thought of doing both at once. I didn’t even need a quarter of that time to do both because the process was so simple.
Everything is explained as you go through the different stages – I entered my details, added in my financial beneficiaries, gave the details of who I wanted to look after the kids (and the dogs) if the worst happened and then added in any specific things I wanted to leave to people.
I’m over the moon at just how easy it was to do!
Farewill says that their team is made up of tech people and lawyers but I didn’t realise that my will would be checked before being finalised and I actually got an email last night:
The email then went on to explain that the way I’d allocated my estate (50% Mr Frugal and 25% to each of the kids) could make things a little complicated if I was to die because of the property involved. The email was simple and explained things in my kind of language and reassured me that I could certainly go the way I’d gone but that they wanted to let me know in case it was an error. They gave me the link to change it (at no cost) if I wanted to so it honestly couldn’t be easier.
If you want to have a go at making your own will then I’m pleased to be able to offer you a discount of 30% which I think is amazing. Just head over to Farewill and use voucher code FRUGALFAMILY30 to get your discount.
I know you might think it’s not the best time of year to be thinking about things like this but it’s so easy and I love the reassurance that having it gives me!
Just so you know, the Farewill service is only going to be good for you if you live in England or Wales, do not have a diabled dependent and don’t have a complex estate (ie foreign property). Also, the disocunt code is valid for six months from this post.
Thanks so much Farewill for the chance to work with you on this!
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