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Will writing dangers if you do not get it done by a solicitor - a recent case exposes the consequences of will writing on the cheap.


The late Ebenezer Aregbesola drew up his will using a £90 will-writing service offered by his bank, conveying his wish to leave half his home in Balham to his daughter. However, the will-writers failed to appreciate that the home was jointly owned by Mr Aregbesola and his wife. The joint tenancy agreement therefore needed to be severed in order for Mr Aregbesola’s wish to be respected. The Financial Ombudsman described such severance as “a simple formality”. By not doing so the will-writers ensured his share in the property could not be gifted to his daughter as he had wished, because it legally passed to his wife when he died.

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