The Law Society is concerned by the absence of regulation for will writing and the damage that the absence of such protection can have on the public. It has launched a campaign calling on the government to make will writing a reserved activity.
Following our long-running campaign, we welcome proposed consumer protection for those making a will but failure to regulate estate administration 'risks consumers losing everything'.
We'd like to know about your and your clients' experiences of problems caused by unregulated will writers to give weight to our campaign. Please send your examples, experiences, comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post:
Policy Directorate - Will writing, The Law Society, Legal Policy, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL
Please note that all cases will be anonymised if used as examples.
Our Regulation of Will Writing campaign booklet sets out our key concerns about the damage unregulated will writers can cause and the compelling arguments for making will writing a reserved activity. It includes key findings from our survey and call for evidence, and sets out our proposals for reform.
This briefing explains the need for will writing to come under the regulatory remit of the Legal Services Board (LSB) to protect the consumer, with guidance on how solicitors and members of the public can contact their constituency MP to raise awareness of the potential risks of using an unregulated will writer.
Our response and further submissions to the LSB Consumer Panel's initial call for evidence on will writing is available online