Are online wills legal in Northern Ireland?

Reviewed on 17 April 2023
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Yes, online wills are legal and valid in Northern Ireland as long as you follow the instructions correctly and meet certain requirements like with any will.

What are the requirements to make a will in Northern Ireland?

You need to:

  • be 18 or older
  • be of "sound mind"
  • make the will voluntarily (not under force or threat)
  • make the will in writing
  • sign the will with two witnesses

How to make a will online?

Properwills offers an online wills service in Northern Ireland.

Is an online will a good option for me?

Online wills are typically more convenient than traditional will writing and at a fraction of the cost. They are suitable for most people but you could benefit from speaking with a tax advisor in some situations. For example:

  • if you have a large estate (over £1,000,000)
  • if you own property abroad
Show sources

Wills Act 1837

Catherine Fairbairn, House of Commons Library: "Research Briefing – Regulation of will writers"

Ministry of Justice, United Kingdom: "Decision Notice: Extension of the reserved legal activities"

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