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The dangers of DIY wills

Practitioners have a duty to advise their clients that writing their own will is a needlessly perilous undertaking – the stakes are simply too high, says Fay Copeland

31 October 2014

The economy is apparently on the up but fee-resistance is still one of the most difficult challenges I face when advising clients.
The question of cost has always been hard with private clients who are spending their own money compared to a corporate client with a budget. However I do find it surprising that people are
so resistant to spending money over their will.
This has come into sharp focus recently as the Law Commission announced its intention to review the Wills Act 1837, and I myself am working on a couple of cases where I'm trying to sort out 'DIY' wills which have gone wrong.

A will is one of the most important documents a client will ever make. They work hard their whole life, building up savings and investments primarily for their own benefit, but also to make sure they have something to pass on. Those with families say that they want their families to be looked after when they have gone and few want to pay tax unn...

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