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How many more wills account for nothing?

Solicitors must take heed of the SRA’s new will-writing guidance, ?which focuses on professional ethics rather than technique, says ?John van der Luit-Drummond  

4 July 2014

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has produced new will-writing guidance in response to evidence that nearly 25 per cent of wills drafted by solicitors failed to achieve the desired quality expected by clients. A ‘shadow shopper’ survey exercise was carried out by the SRA, in partnership with the Legal Services Board, Legal Services Consumer
Panel and the Office of Fair Trading. It involved researchers shadowing genuine clients and their will-writing requests, rather than using professional shoppers.

In 2011, the Legal Services Board launched its first statutory investigation into whether to extend the scope of regulation for will writing, following its consumer panel recommendation to make it a reserved legal activity.

Extensive research into will writing discovered evidence of poor-quality drafting, sharp sales practices and l...

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