How to Draft Your Own Will - A Quick Guide

Drafting your own Will might sound difficult, but it really doesn’t have to be. We'll show you why there isn’t a reason you shouldn’t get started today!
Alvin T'ngThu Aug 05 2021

Writing a Will is the best way to make sure you distribute your assets the way you want after your death - but did you know that you can write your Will yourself? Many people think that you need a lawyer to draft your Will but this isn't true. In fact, writing your Will yourself can be cheaper, faster, and more convenient.

"No one knows your assets and intentions better than you"

You Know Best

No one knows your assets and intentions better than you. Drafting your own Will allows you to express your wishes exactly the way you want - you're in control. You can even write it right now from home without having to make an appointment or worry about legal fees.

Sound great to you, but intimidated by the process? Don't be! Writing a Will doesn't have to be difficult. At WillCraft, we break it down for you on our easy-to-use interface which uses prompts to help you draft your Will step-by-step. We provide helpful tips along the way to make sure you never feel lost.

Ready to write a Will of your own?

Here's how to get started:

  1. Make a list of your assets.

    First thing's first - write down all your assets so you have a clear idea of what you'll be leaving behind. As a starting point, your assets can include properties, bank accounts, life insurance policies, or companies.

  2. Think about the people you want to leave your assets to.

    Now that you know what your estate looks like, it's time to decide who to give it to. The people you want to give your assets to are called 'Beneficiaries'. People who may readily come to mind might be your spouse, children, and grandchildren, but you can also make gifts to your friends and other members of your family. Be as specific as you want. For example, you could leave everything to your spouse, divide everything equally between your children, or give specific percentages to each Beneficiary. It's entirely up to you.

  3. If you have children under the age of 21, consider appointing a Guardian

    If your children are still young, you may want to appoint a Guardian to look after them if you pass away. If your spouse is still alive at the time or your passing, he or she automatically becomes the sole Guardian, but you can still appoint a Guardian to share the responsibility of looking after your children.

  4. Appoint an Executor

    You'll need to choose someone to carry out your wishes - this person is called an 'Executor'. It's best to choose someone younger than yourself who you can trust. You can appoint more than one Executor.

  5. Choose your Witnesses.

    For your Will to be valid, you’ll need someone to sign off on your Will as a witness. Pick one or two people to sign your Will in your presence, and at the same time you pen down your signature. Remember, a Witness cannot also be a Beneficiary or the spouse of a Beneficiary [1], so you can’t choose someone who you’re already leaving something to as your Witness.

  6. Sign on the dotted line.

    Sign your Will at the end of the document, date it and keep it in a safe place. Remember that your Witnesses will need to witness your signing. It’s good practice to inform your appointed Executors and your loved ones that you’ve written a Will and where you’ve kept it.

And that’s it! Writing a Will doesn’t have to be intimidating. At WillCraft we give you all the tools you need to draft a Will in the comfort of your own home.

[1] S 10(1) Wills Act.

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