12 August, 2010
Following the recent Panorama programme highlighting the dangers of using a will writer, Forbes Solicitors advise that the only way to guarantee the best for your loved ones is for your Will to be drawn up by a specialist solicitor.
Shocking figures reveal that 67% of consumers wrongly believe that all will writers are solicitors when in fact this is not the case. Unlike a solicitor Will Writers do not have to undergo any training, do not have to carry insurance, and are not regulated. This means that there is nothing to protect the consumer and provide some form of redress if things go wrong.
Jane Cannon, Solicitor and a member of Solicitors for the Elderly comments, "The programme highlights the need for proper regulation of will writers and also showed the potential consequences of getting it wrong by not taking professional legal advice. It will be the family who have to pick up the pieces of a badly made will as the problems generally only come to light after death. If you have any concerns about your will do contact a solicitor who can provide specialist advice."
Common complaints include hidden charges, often in respect of storing Wills, signing clients to future probate and executor charges and in some instances losing wills in which case little can be done.
For further information please contact Jane Cannon in our Wills and Probate department on tel: 01772 220022 or contact Jane Cannon by email.