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Regulation of Will writing popular amongst the public

The public are in favour of Will writing becoming a regulated practice and are hoping the UK government will soon look to implement some form of regulation in the near future, according to the Law Gazette.

In a recent survey, 55% of the 1,554 adults questioned said they would prefer Will writers to be regulated – and the vast majority (95%) praised the work done by professionals when it came to creating this highly important document.

The survey was carried out by YouGov for the Law Society. It was also discovered that nine out of ten respondents who had their Will drafted by a professional said they were satisfied with both the process and the end result, and 81% said they were happy with the quality of legal advice they received during the process.

Andrea Pierce, Director of Legal Services at Kings Court Trust, said; “Kings Court Trust firmly recommends that consumers should use a professional to draft their Will. We work with professional Will writers across the country and the vast majority undertake their work in a highly competent and professional manner.  However, we see too many cases where under qualified or ‘amateur’ Will writers have advised their clients poorly, with mistakes often only being identified when it comes to administering the estate.  Ultimately, simple mistakes made years ago often come back to haunt families at a time of great emotional stress and worry.  Regulation would naturally give confidence to consumers and help to ensure that standards amongst professional Will writers remains high, for the benefit of the clients that they serve.”

Do you think the regulation of Will writers is a foregone conclusion?  Would you support such a move?