Regulation: Beware the Magic Will Writer

There is no ‘Magic Will Writer’ on hand to help you. But Wills & Legal Services can.

Play by the rules, my sports teacher used to say during weekly PE sessions. What rules, I asked? Cross country running isn’t a real sport, after all, is it? And I used to forget my kit on purpose anyway so I could stay indoors.

Surely rules are there to break? Well, if you live life on the edge, go for it. But rules are there for a reason. It’s another term for regulation.

And that’s the thorn in the side of the Will Writing industry. Unregulated. Open to interpretation. Abused by people after a quick buck.

Well, if there are no rules, who’s stopping you? You see, when you’re regulated, you work to a set of rules.

Use an internet search engine and you’ll find countless companies offering free Will Writing, Will Writing templates and even ‘Incredible Will Writers’. I haven’t found a ‘Magic Will Writer’ yet, although I bet that appears before too long.

There are a large number of unprotected families in the UK, so it’s a market with masses of potential. Hence why there is so much choice in Will Writing.

But beware. If you go down that route and use one of these providers, make sure you’re not left high and dry.

It’s a minefield – and many people choose to take that fateful step into the unknown.


Why is the Will Writing industry unregulated?

Well, the Legal Services Board proposed regulating the industry. Frustratingly, the Lord Chancellor rejected this, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest bad practice was specific to the Will Writing industry.

Therefore, anyone can set up a company offering to write Wills. So you could have a will written by an unqualified or uninsured set up.

This could lead to confusion when the time comes to execute the Will. It could even be negligently drafted, resulting in probate issues, fines or even court action. A frightening thought.


So what are my choices?

You decide, as Big Brother used to say when opening its eviction poll.

You might think that one Will Writing firm is as good as the next.

That’s why it’s important to do your research – make the checks and read the small print.

A back street will writing company could try to sell their most expensive products, most of which aren’t necessary. So you need to ask some tough questions of the firm or individual before using them.

Does the firm subscribe to any self-regulation? Is there a complaints handling procedure? Is the person writing the Will qualified? How much will it all cost?

Customer appetite is shifting to the digital era, and at Wills & Legal Services, we’re embracing the change by booking Will Writing appointments in this way.

The difference is that our qualified, experienced Paralegals visit you in the comfort of your own home and provide all the legal advice you need in plain English.

We’re transparent about our prices and you’ll get to ask all the questions you like.

It’s also worth remembering that there are plenty of regulated law firms that offer a Will Writing service. Our sister firm WLS Solicitors is one of those.

Here at Wills & Legal Services, we are as close to being regulated as you’ll get.

Being unregulated doesn’t mean taking risks with our customers.

We’re trusted by more than 120,000 clients for their Will Writing Services – you know you’re in safe hands.


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To support causes close to our hearts, 5 years ago we decided that we would no longer charge for writing Wills, instead asking clients to make a recommended donation of £40 to charity. We were so confident that people would be happy with our Will-Writing service that we believed they would come back in the future for other legal services, at which point we could charge our usual fees. This has proved true, and over 63% of clients do come back for further advice.

We are proud to have raised over £2,000.000 in upfront donations, supporting fantastic causes up and down the country.

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