Things to consider before your appointment
First, you should list what you have in your estate. Think about property, savings, shares, life policies, antiques, jewellery and pensions. You should decide how your estate is to be shared between your beneficiaries. You also need to think about what happens if any of your beneficiaries die before you; who will look after your children (guardians); who should carry out the wishes contained in your will (your executors) any other wishes you may have, for example whether you want to be buried or cremated.
Whilst it is not a legal requirement to instruct a solicitor to prepare your will it is recommended to avoid potential problems further down the line. Online and DIY wills can lead to problems particularly if your family situation is complex. Couples with children from previous marriages for example often require wills incorporating trusts to protect their children and this can be missed in a DIY will.
A solicitor will have the expertise to identify such issues and can prepare a will that protects your family whilst avoiding any costly claims on your estate.