AI in Will Writing

It’s time to talk about AI in Will writing.

We’ve seen the AI concept floating around for years now. You may well remember the film A.I: Artificial Intelligence from 2013. From that day to this we’ve been aware of Artificial Intelligence as a thing. But it’s come to the fore in recent months as more and more industries are experimenting with AI such as the ChatGPT platform, launched in 2022. And, of course, the Will writing industry is no exception. After all, there is no escaping that an AI algorithm can generate a personalized Will. But all because you can – it doesn’t mean you should.

Should you or shouldn’t you?
So – should you consider using artificial intelligence to get your Will drawn up? Or are you better to stick to the tried and tested method of using actual intelligence when making your Will? In other words – a Will writer. Like me for example!

Well, it’s obvious I’m going to say you shouldn’t – I have a living to make. But aside from the need to but butter on my bread there are good reasons why I say that.

In the first instance, what an AI algorithm simply can’t do is appraise all the factors, individual to you, that can affect your Will. And there’s more – as this Lexology website points out.

Drafting Wills and lasting powers of attorney involves much more than the simple entering of details in to a form. The process should involve a review of the client’s personal and family set-up as well as their financial situation. It’s not possible to do any of this with AI technology.

In fact, as the Lexology website goes on to explain, if you were to ask ChatGPT its opinion on the matter of using AI to undertake Will writing, the chances are it will say something like this:

‘As an AI language model, I’m not qualified to provide legal advice. Drafting a Will is a complex legal process that needs specialised knowledge and expertise.

While I can generate text and provide information on a wide range of topics, I cannot replace the experience and training of a skilled and licensed Will writer. Someone who can provide legal advice and draft your will in accordance with your specific needs and wishes. It’s always recommended that you seek the advice of such a person when drafting a Will or any other legal document.

They can provide guidance on legal requirements, tax implications, and potential issues that you may not have considered. They can also help ensure that your Will is legally valid and enforceable. That’s crucial for protecting your assets and ensuring that your wishes are carried out after your passing.
In short, while I can provide general information and answer questions, it’s always best to consult with a qualified Will writer when it comes to drafting legal documents such as a Will.

As you can see, artificial intelligence is quite firm there. For Will writing actual intelligence is best.

Cost-effective – or is it?
I can see that using AI in Will writing presents itself as an easy and cost-effective option. Yet consider the complications that can arise from an ill-drafted Will when the time comes for someone to administer yours. Then, also consider the costs that unravelling such a mess will incur. Trust me, they will far outweigh any initial savings of using a free, online platform.

If you’ve got any further fears about your Will please get in touch. I’m happy to allay them. You can contact me at or drop me a line at: 07538946839. I also have a web form here.

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