I’ve been in the process for a few months now of developing a Will Writing App for use on apple devices such as iPhone and iPad and later today I’m off to a meeting to finalise the issues with it from a development point of view. This is a complete shot in the dark, there’s a couple of other will writing apps out there but they’re either expensive, rubbish or more of a book on will writing rather than an automated system which mine is.
I’m hoping to make it really cheap and easy for the masses to have a valid will in place, as usual, my theory is try to make a quid out of everyone rather than make a fortune out of one or two clients!
Research suggests, not just mine but conventional and national research, that most people don’t have a will, the statistic is still hovering at about 70% of the adult population and the two main reasons for them not having a will are the cost (usually it’s not necessarily because the cost is high but largely unknown) and the inconvenience of getting it done. Many people imagine that they will have to take time off work, visit a Solicitor who will quote them a cost by the hour and they don’t know how many hours it will take so the overall cost to the consumer is a total unknown both in time and money.
They then will have to take more time off work for the privilege of being able to return to the Solicitors office, pay the large fee and get their wills signed, dated and witnessed.
My view is to remove these barriers, make the act of creating a will very easy and allow it to be done at the consumers convenience and also make sure that the will is very cheap, so cheap that everyone can afford it, cheaper than a bottle of wine, cheaper than a packet of fags!
My Will Do app is going to be free to download from iTunes store, you can play around with is for as long as you like then, when you’re happy with the way it looks you’ll be able to purchase it using PayPal for just £6.99, a fully legal will is then emailed to you with full signing instructions automatically.
This will be available when the link appears on my main website page http://www.wills.org.uk/willdo and the launch date, all things taken into account, is about mid January.