It is with some frustration that solicitors find that there are many businesses, generally to be found online, who label themselves as professionals when it comes to the very important matter of making wills.
So it is certainly uplifting to see a newly published survey has shown that more than half of the public think will-writing should be regulated.
The YouGov poll research for the Law Society, the body that oversees solicitors in England and Wales, has shown in a survey of 1,554 adults that 55% agreed that all will-writers should be regulated, with a notable 95% praising the services provided by solicitors.
We at QualitySolicitors believe this survey is a sign that the public increasingly recognise the reassurances that one gains when using a local law firm over an unregulated will writer.
The recent report also showed almost 90% of those who took part who had a will drafted by a solicitor were satisfied with the process.
This subject is a matter of some irritation for professional will writing solicitors as in recent years; solicitors and the Legal Services Board have fought for will-writing to be regulated. However, the matter is something that the Government will not entertain, which means that currently anyone can call themselves a will writer.
We believe it is fair to say that anyone not seeing an expert in a firm of solicitors is taking an unnecessary risk.
After all, badly drafted or ineffective DIY wills are an issue for around 38,000 families a year, a number of which will be here in the Wirral, and many of these unregulated firms do not have any insurance.
Wills are trickier documents now than they once were due in a lot of cases to more diverse family structures.
We have to be clear in saying that wills have to be written in a way where there is no margin for error, and a well-qualified solicitor who has found out exactly what a person wants their will to detail is the best option.
Most solicitors can tell tales of woe due to problems with poor wills or even dying without a will, known as intestate. These matters can have a huge effect on people’s lives and so often just taking the time to book an appointment and see a solicitor can stop heartache further down the line.
Like all good solicitors, we will continue to do our best to drum home the message about the importance of quality wills, and we hope all in the profession will do the same. It’s too important an issue to ignore.