Ogier launch Guernsey portal for residents to prepare a will online
1 June 2020
Ogier in Guernsey have launched an online wills portal, providing a simple, step-by-step means for Guernsey residents to draft a simple will.
The portal is a secure digital platform, designed specifically with Guernsey law in mind provides clients with clarity on how to prepare their documents. Online access means clients can provide information from their own home, in their own time, without the need for an initial face-to-face meeting.
Partner Martyn Baudains said that feedback since the launch in April had been extremely positive. The first client to use the portal said: "We were very impressed with the online service."
Martyn said: "Preparing a will does not have to be complicated or time-consuming and this service has made the process even easier for some of our clients, especially while social distancing measures remain in place. The portal is not designed to replace the more traditional meetings where clients meet with an Advocate to give their instructions, but we know online services are becoming increasingly popular and we are delighted to be able to offer this service.
The portal asks clients some important questions and provides them with some guidance along the way. The answers and the draft will are reviewed by one of the Ogier team before the draft will is sent to the client.
Once the client is happy that the will reflects their wishes a meeting will be arranged, in line with current social distancing requirements, to go over any remaining points and the will can then be executed.
Access to the Guernsey Wills Portal can be found here, whilst Ogier also operates a Jersey Wills Portal.