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Despite recommendations from the Legal Services Board that will-writing should become a reserved legal activity, the government has decided not to implement the recommendation. This means that will-writing can still be undertaken by unregulated providers, leaving consumers with no recourse if anything should go wrong.

The Law Society has reacted with disappointment to the decision, saying that consumers are at real risk from certain unregulated will writers who can be incompetent, untrained and uninsured (see press release).

Making decisions about how your estate should be distributed on death, and ensuring that your friends and family are looked after can sometimes be a daunting prospect, but is not something that should be left to chance.

Dealing with a solicitor means that you will have the benefit of their experience and training, and strict procedures as to the storage and security of your will if something should happen to that firm. There have unfortunately been incidents of will-writing firms going out of business without making provision for the transfer or secure storage of client files.

Asking a solicitor to deal with the preparation of your will need not be a daunting or expensive process, and you will have the benefit of knowing that your will has been drawn up to specifically deal with your circumstances (click here for advice about writing a will).


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