In theory, you could scribble your will on a piece of scrap paper.
As long as it was properly signed and witnessed by two adult independent witnesses who are present at the time you sign your will, it should be legally binding. But that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
Since 31 January 2020, it has been legal to witness a will remotely in England and Wales. For instance, this could include Zoom or FaceTime. The change is in response to the coronavirus pandemic – and the need for some people to shield.
Find out more, including wording to use and how to make sure it’s legally valid, at GOV.UK (Opens in a new window)
When it comes to executing a will, there are several differences between the rules in Scotland and Northern Ireland and those in England and Wales and rules have been eased during coronavirus.
If you live in Scotland, for more information visit the Law Society of Scotland (Opens in a new window)
If you live in Northern Ireland, visit the Law Society of Northern Ireland (Opens in a new window)
Most wills follow some general rules for what you say and how you say it.
These standard ways of writing things are tried and tested, and they remove any confusion about what you mean – even if the language seems unusual at first.
Using the wrong wording could mean that your instructions aren’t followed, and could even mean that your will isn’t valid.
So it’s a good idea to use a template that has the standard sections and legal terms already included.
You can get a will template or will pack from stationery shops and online services – they usually cost up to £30.