The regulation of will writers campaign
Due to growing concern on the absence of regulation for will writing, the Law Society launched a lengthy campaign calling on the government to make will writing a reserved activity.
Following numerous consultations, on 13 February 2013 the Legal Services Board (LSB) recommended to the lord chancellor that will writing should become a reserved activity. Unfortunately, on 14 May 2013, the lord chancellor decided to reject the LSB's recommendations.
The Law Society was extremely disappointed with the government's decision not to regulate will writers.
Will writing still remains an unreserved activity.
The campaign has now concluded, and this page provides a summary of the action taken by the Law Society and of the government decisions.
We continue to support our members by highlighting to consumers the benefits of using a qualified and regulated solicitor rather than an unregulated will writer.
- The Law Society responds to the Consumer Panel's call for evidence for its investigation into will writing. Read our response
- IFF Research releases its independent research report Understanding the consumer experience of will-writing services, as commissioned by the LSB, the Consumer Panel, the Office of Fair Trading and the SRA. Read the report
- The Consumer Panel issues its report on regulating will-writing to the LSB. Read the report
- The LSB launches investigations to decide whether the list of reserved activities should be amended to include will writing and estate administration activities. Read the LSB press release
- The LSB issues a call for evidence on an investigation into will writing, probate and estate administration. Read more
- The Law Society responds to the LSB's call for evidence for its investigation into will writing, probate and estate administration. Read our response
- The Consumer Panel issues its report on probate and estate administration, calling for these services to be regulated and made reserved activities. Read the full report
- The Law Society response to the initial LSB consultation on will writing, probate and estate administration activities. Read our response
- The Law Society makes a submission to the LSB calling for estate administration services, along with will-writing, to become a regulated activities.
- The LSB publishes its final report: Sections 24 and 26 investigations: will writing, estate administration and probate activities. In the report the LSB recommended that the Lord Chancellor make will writing activities a reserved legal activities. Read the full report
- The LSB publishes its summary of feedback on its second consultation and its response. Read the summary and LSB response
- The lord chancellor decided to reject the recommendations of the LSB to make will writing a reserved activity. Read the Decision Notice
Our Regulation of Will Writing campaign booklet set out our key concerns about the damage unregulated will writers can cause and the arguments we made for making will writing a reserved activity. It includes the key findings from our survey and call for evidence, and also set our proposals for reform.