ChatGPT has recently hit the headlines as a large language model developed by OpenAI, based on GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) architecture. It is designed to understand natural language inputs and generate responses that are coherent and contextually appropriate. ChatGPT has been trained on vast amounts of text data, including books, articles, and websites, and can generate responses on a wide range of topics.
Whereas it can be used for a variety of natural language processing tasks, such as language translation, text summarisation, and conversational AI, we look at whether it is a tool you can use to write your own Will.
Unfortunately, the answer is no. You cannot use ChatGPT to create your own Will.
As an AI language model ChatGPT is not authorised or qualified to draft legal documents such as wills. The creation of a will requires careful consideration of legal and personal factors, and it is essential to consult with a qualified legal professional to ensure that the document is legally valid and reflects your intentions.
Furthermore, ChatGPT is not regulated by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) like Spire Solicitors LLP. There are several benefits to using an SRA regulated law firm, instead of OpenAI methods, or roadside Will writers who tend to be cheaper due to not being as qualified. These include:
- Protection of client funds: SRA regulated law firms are required to have separate client bank accounts, which means that client funds are protected.
- Professional indemnity insurance: SRA regulated law firms are required to have professional indemnity insurance, which protects clients if the firm makes a mistake or provides negligent advice.
- High standards of professionalism: SRA regulated law firms must adhere to strict ethical and professional standards, which means that clients can trust that their lawyers are acting in their best interests.
- Complaints procedure: SRA regulated law firms are required to have a complaints procedure in place, which means that clients have a route to seek redress if they are unhappy with the service they have received.
- Ongoing training and development: SRA regulated law firms are required to ensure that their lawyers undertake ongoing training and development, which means that clients can expect to receive up-to-date and relevant legal advice.
Overall, using an SRA regulated law firm gives clients confidence that they are working with a reputable and professional legal service provider, minimising the chance of any unmitigated risk.