Is your Will drafted by an unregulated Will-writer?

Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has today refused to accept the recommendation from super-regulator the Legal Services Board (LSB) that will-writing should be regulated.

Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive of The Law Society said, “Consumers have been let down by this deeply disappointing decision.  We provided plenty of evidence to the LSB, demonstrating that consumers are at a real risk from certain unregulated will-writers who can be incompetent, untrained and uninsured.

Thanks to the Government’s decision today, unregulated providers can carry on writing wholly unsuitable Wills, leaving consumers without recourse when things go wrong as a result.

‘Until the government changes its minds on this, the only sensible choice for consumers is to have a solicitor to write your will, and to ensure a solicitor is chosen to administer the estate of your loved one. A solicitor is qualified and brings the comfort of an unrivalled regulatory and compensation system to put right any errors”

LSB Chair, David Edmonds, said he was equally disappointed.

To all consumers who wish to write a Will, it is vital that an appropriately trained and regulated person drafts your Will.  You should seek the assistance of an appropriately qualified Solicitor.

If you wish to discuss drafting a Will, administration of an Estate or dealing with a Power of Attorney then please do not hesitate to contact our head of Wills and Probate, Partner Andrew Piddock – acp@coleyandtilley.co.uk.