The potential perils of using a non-solicitor will writer
Last year the government rejected the advice of the Legal Services Board to make will writing a reserved legal activity which would have meant only suitably qualified providers could undertake this work.
Many people are attracted by the marketing of non-regulated will writers and believe they will pay less for their wills by not instructing a solicitor.
However, the cost of a solicitor preparing a will is often less than using a non-professional will writer. More importantly, solicitors will generally store your will free of cost and the Solicitors Regulation Authority will ensure that your documents remain safe even if the solicitors firm you used closes or merges with another practice. This is not the case with will writers who are not currently regulated.
In addition if you are not satisfied with the service provided by the unregulated will writer you have no redress. A recent report by the Legal Ombudsman, who deals with complaints against solicitors, said they received a number of complaints about non-regulated providers but they had no power to deal with these complaints and the customers were left with no options if they “were ripped off by the service provider”.
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