Frequently Asked Questions

What is Island Legal wills?

Too often, you hear about families in the Caribbean bicker and fighting over inheritances, property, land, and assets when loved ones pass on with no will.

We created Island Legal wills to provide Caribbeans with an affordable way to write their wills. Instead of spending thousands of dollars and hours with a lawyer, our digital platform offers a simple, affordable, and user-friendly way to create your Caribbean legal will while giving you the flexibility to make unlimited updates for as long as you are a member.

We’re an online service providing will document preparation services. We are not a law firm and not a substitute for a lawyer’s advice about complex estate planning. We cannot provide any advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendation about possible legal rights, remedies, defences, options, selection of forms, or strategies.
For more information, contact us at: Hello@islandlegalwills.com.

What are reasons to have a last will and testament?

A last will and testament protects your loved ones with a legally binding will. Specify your wishes and make things easier for those you care about. Use Island Legal wills to create your will at your convenience and at an affordable price instead of spending thousands of dollars and hours of time with a lawyer.

1. Appoint someone to settle your affairs.
This person will also ensure that your beneficiaries receive their inheritance.

2. Choose who will receive your property and assets.
Specify how you’d like to transfer your property or asset to your heirs.

3. Decide who you want to raise your kids.
Name the right legal guardians for your children for when you can’t be there.

Is it even possible to create a will online?

Like all countries and industries, the law is constantly being changed by technology. Our service is compliant with all caribbean will law, for example its states: "A will must be in writing, whether handwritten, typewritten or computer-generated. Great care must be exercised by the testator (that is the person who is making the will) to express his/her wishes in plain, clear language. The testator should avoid the use of technical legal phrases."

Our digital platform helps you create your own will, which can then be printed and stored safely. We are giving you direct access to similar software that lawyers may use to prepare their documents, but you are doing it yourself. Our will documents were crafted by experts and are regularly updated based on current legal requirements. We embrace innovative technology to provide a better, more affordable, and more accessible means of writing your will than has ever been possible in the Caribbean.

Why do I need a will and testament in the Caribbean?

A will is essential for every adult and family regardless of how much you own. Writing your will is the only way to control what happens next should the unthinkable occur, making the process significantly easier and cheaper for your loved ones.

Without a will, your Estate could end up much like Aretha Franklin’s $80 million estate dispute which involves family members going to court, needing to prove who they are and their relationship to her. It can be a real mess. This process would be the same whether you have $10 or $80 million in the bank and can be simply avoided by taking 15 minutes to put your wishes into a will.

What if I die without a will in my Caribbean country?

Failing to make a will before you pass on means you'll have no say over who receives your property. Country laws will decide. In Jamaica, only 1/2 of one's assets may go to the surviving spouse. Depending on your situation, the rest would go to your children, parents, or close relatives. If you have minor children, a judge may decide who cares for them, and the situation may not be ideal.

All Caribbean Administrator General's Department deem it wise that your will be in written or computer-generated, similar to our platform. We make it easy to complete your will in 15 at an affordable price. The above are some guidelines to aid you in making your Will. Consult an Attorney-at-Law if you have any queries or need further assistance in your specific country.

What makes a will legally binding in my Caribbean country?

The court will not accept your will unless the following criteria are met:

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You must be of sound mind.

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You must be acting of your own free will without unwarranted influence or intimidation from others.

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The will must be signed and witnessed according to the appropriate laws.

That's the beauty of our service, we're an online will document preparation service. We are giving you direct access to similar software that lawyers use to prepare their documents, but you are doing it yourself. Our will documents were generated by experts and are regularly updated based on current legal requirements. You'll have your professional will in 15 minutes for an affordable price.

What if I already have a will?

You are already doing better than 95% of caribbean people out there! However, to keep your will valid and enforceable, you need to ensure it’s always up-to-date with your current circumstances and the most current legal requirements.

With traditional will-writing methods, making changes to your will can be difficult and expensive, even for minor updates. If you’ve made your will with a lawyer, you’ll probably have to make the trip to their offices for even a minor change. Oh, and you will likely be charged for that too.

Our service allows you to update your will instantly whenever something changes in your life. On top of this, if there are any changes to the law, our team of experts will notify you of any changes. That way, no matter how your circumstances may change going forward, your future and legacy are always secure.

Why so much cheaper than a lawyer?

Quite simply, we do not provide you with legal advice.

We are giving you direct access to similar software that lawyers use to prepare their documents, but you are doing it yourself. However, if you need custom clauses written to cover an unusual situation, we cannot do that, and we recommend that you seek legal advice. For example, if you have a child with special needs, they need a trust written for their inheritance. We don't do that.

In most cases, a will written using our smart service will be word-for-word similar to one prepared by a Lawyer, without the high costs.

Can I change or revoke my last will and testament after I make it?

We recommend that you keep your will up to date with changing circumstances. Sometimes, when your circumstances change, your will may not even be valid anymore. For example, if you get married after writing your will, you must prepare and execute a new will. You are free to change your will at any time using platform as long as you are a member, but you must ensure that the old one is destroyed

Why pay a lawyer every time you need to update your will? We allow your will to be kept securely online so that you can make free unlimited updates for as long as you are a member. Our team will notify you of any changes to the law, and you can create a brand new will that reflects the current regulation. Just print off the new PDF and sign it in the presence of two witnesses, and you're all sorted.

What are our security practices?

The security of your data is our highest priority at IslandLegalwills.com Below outlines some of the policies, procedures, and systems in place to ensure your data is protected.

Website Security

IslandLegalwills.com uses Godaddy premium protection service to be protected from malware, hackers, and other online security threats.

  • Firewall prevents hackers
  • DDoS protection
  • SSL certificate
  • Malware scanning
  • Secure backup

Financial Security

Your credit card details are sent directly to our payment provider over encrypted connections and are not stored or logged on our database. Payments are processed by Stripe, a PCI-DSS Level 1 compliant service provider. To find out more about Stripe’s security, click here.

Password Security

  • Passwords must be a minimum of 8 characters
  • Passwords must include a number or special character
  • Passwords cannot contain the user’s name or email address

Islandlegalwills.com also recommends that your password is unique for your will account and updated regularly. You are responsible for the safe storage and secrecy of your password. No plain text passwords are stored at any time.

Hosting

Islandlegalwills.com platform runs on GoDaddy servers.

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