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11th February 2019

The Dangers of Using an Unregulated Will Writer

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A recent study undertaken by IRN Research revealed that 19% of people who made a Will in 2018 used Will Writers, rather than a solicitor. However, the report also reveals that the majority of those people were not aware that Will Writers are unregulated. Solicitors are subject to strict regulation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. If there is any negligence on the part of a solicitor, there is insurance in place to cover the client’s losses. The Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Law Society will also step in to arrange compensation if necessary.   The risk of this protection being needed is reduced by the stringent training undertaken by Solicitors, both before they qualify and every year afterwards.

Unfortunately when a client uses an unregulated Will Writer, often there may be no way to take action against the Will Writer if something goes wrong. Will Writers are usually small companies with no assets, so even if a client brings a successful claim, the company will simply fold (and perhaps be reborn under another name) and the claim will not be paid.

All those at Hewitsons dealing with the preparation of Wills are both Solicitors and members of STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, which provides extra regulation and extensive training, over and above that required to be a Solicitor.   You can therefore be sure that your Will is prepared  by highly experienced Solicitors who specialise in this area of law.

If you would like to discuss making a Will please contact one of our Solicitors below.

Alexandra Svennevik (Northampton) on 01604 463342 or click here to email Alexandra
Carolyn Bagley (Milton Keynes) on 01908 247015 or click here to email Carolyn
Francesca Rossi (London) on 020 7400 5037 or click here to email Francesa
Jennifer Koch (Cambridge) on 01223 532737 or click here to email Jennifer