Where there is an app, there is a ‘Will’

India’s complicated property inheritance segment has caught the fancy of coders with legal tech start-up LawRato launching an app that will help users make a ‘Will’ in just 15 minutes.

The New Delhi-based start-up, funded by Indian Angel Network, claims that the app christened Willstar is the first of its kind in the Indian market and allows individuals to make a legal Will by themselves without having to make several visits to the lawyers.

Rohan Mahajan, Founder, LawRato.com, told BusinessLine that, “Curative legal procedures in India are very long drawn and painful, so we wanted to provide people with all the preventive ways of avoiding unnecessary legal battles.”

He further added that over the past few years, the Supreme Court has also been trying to protect the interests of rightful legal heirs including daughters, adopted children and children who may have converted their religion. These legal disputes generally arise as most people do not leave a Will and the inheritance is decided by the court of law.

Besides, several people with just one child, find it uneccesary to make a Will assuming that the property will automatically get inherited by their wards. However, Mahajan said that in the absence of a Will, any relative could lawfully claim a portion of the property.

Mahajan said that people are getting tech-savvy by day and this app is designed to simplify the process of making a Will so that anybody with a smartphone can make a Will on the go. The app has been launched in English, Hindi and Tamil.

How it works

WillStar app is free for download on Google Play Store and will be launched for iOS users soon. For the users who are not tech-savvy, it facilitates an option of buying a physical kit online. The WillStar MakeMyWill Easy Kit is available in English and Hindi on Amazon for ₹399 and comes with instructions, a sample Will and a template which can be filled to make their Will. The users can fill the required information, sign it along with two attesting witnesses, and the Will is legally valid.

Founded in 2014, LawRato facilitates expert legal advice through over 25,000 lawyers across 500+ cities across India.

A Will made through the app may be registered at the local Sub-Divisional Magistrate office, but it is not a mandatory requirement, said Mahajan, adding that the mobile generated document would have been extensively reviewed by multiple lawyers, to ensure it is legally binding.

Source: The Hindu