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Reforming will-writing laws is the only way to protect the public

A will-writing quality scheme is only a poor substitute for making will writing a reserved activity, says Midlands solicitor Philip Guise

13 September 2013

The will-writing debate is alight once again thanks to the recent government-commissioned consultation, canvassing industry views to help inform its upcoming review of legal services regulation.

As solicitors, we can use this pique in interest to urge once again that the review should be used to reserve will writing to legal professionals. This would reduce the number of cases where wills written by non-lawyers are unable to stand up to legal scrutiny.

This message needs to be put across to the government but also to the general public. As a firm we do this through a combination of marketing and PR, increasing awareness through the press, with leaflets, e-shots to customers, and information and updates on 
our website - all communicating the legal services we offer and the guarantees that come with our work.

We have also written a guide to show people how they can ensure they get the right will. It included advice on the pitfalls of...

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