Will Writers Should Have Formal Qualifications, Says Law Society

Posted: 8th March 2011

Unlike solicitors, will writers do not have to be legally qualified or insured.
The Law Society has launched a campaign to persuade the Government to introduce a requirement that all will writers must have formal qualifications before being able to provide a service to consumers, in order to protect members of the public from problems that arise as a result of poor drafting of wills by unqualified will writers.
Law Society President Linda Lee, said, “The fact that most problems are detected after the individual has died is a strong argument for establishing a robust regulatory framework.
“Many of those calling themselves will writers may have purchased a franchise to do so, and are free to prepare wills without any training or insurance protection.
“Five years ago, the government called for voluntary regulation of will writers, but since then we have only seen more and more consumer detriment as a result of no regulation.”
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