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02nd April 2013

BBC recommends solicitors

BBC One's "You’ve Been Scammed" has reported on Will Makers of Distinction Limited who used their position as Will Makers to steal the client’s Estate and then went into liquidation.

BBC One's "You’ve Been Scammed" has reported on Will Makers of Distinction Limited who used their position as Will Makers to steal the client’s Estate and then went into liquidation. The programme’s advice was to go to solicitors because we are regulated and insured. The BBC said that although nobody likes thinking about writing a Will, it is essential to provide for our loved ones. However, by choosing the wrong person to write your Will the BBC point out you could end up providing for thieves. They discovered that Will Writing is still unregulated and considered that it is very difficult for the public to decide whether the Will Writer is a person who has come into the business from a completely different sector, without any training and without any insurance, but still free to call themselves Will Writers. The BBC and the Police explained how Will Makers of Distinction Limited visited the house of Bert Reeves to make a Will. The Police pointed out that if a Will Writing company is offering knock down price Wills for £25, then the question which must be asked is "How are they making money?" The Police suggested that they might be trying to sell extra products and discovered that, in the case of Bert Reeves, he had been persuaded to pay around £200 extra to appoint the Will Writing company as his Executors. Sadly, after his death, the company used their position to steal the estate. The Police pointed out that when they came to make the arrests they found various papers, including a Will, in a cardboard box in the garage of the Will Writing conman. They also discovered that the Will Writing company had been selling pre-paid funerals but had pocketed the £1,500 each time instead of purchasing the funeral insurance. The total amount which the Will Making Company managed to con out of people before they were caught was £400,000. Sadly, the neighbours and relatives who helped Bert Reeves during the final years of his life (and for whose benefit he had paid hundreds of pounds to the Will Making company so that they could inherit his estate after he died) received nothing. The BBC programme finished by recommending that "At the moment the safest course of action must be to go to a solicitor, who is regulated and will offer the protection." For further information on how Hewitsons can help you write your Will, please contact one of our solicitors on 01604 233233.

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