Public prefer solicitors to will-writers

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A survey has confirmed that solicitors are still the publics’ number one choice when it comes to making a will.

The research, carried out by wills charity, Will Aid, found that 62% of people would prefer to use the services of a solicitor to deal with their will.

Although just 12% of respondents would choose a will-writer to make their will this figure is surprisingly high. It no doubt reflects the fact that the general public are broadly unaware that will-writers are permitted to practice without adequate training and are not required to be regulated or insured.

Some people think that will-writers are always cheaper than qualified solicitors. This isn’t necessarily the case. We have encountered many cases where a will-writer’s fee is significantly greater than our own, especially once the hidden ‘extras’ are taken into account.

Using the services of a will-writer can also be a false economy. Our contentious probate department is frequently called upon to sort out situations that have arisen as a result of the actions of unregulated and inadequately trained will-writers.

The number of people opting for a ‘do it yourself’, or ‘off the shelf’ solution is also worryingly high. These budget options might seem attractive, but in the long run it could be money wasted. Trying to save a few pounds on a homemade or standard will can prove to be a false economy. And it’s the will maker’s loved ones who generally suffer as they are left to sort matters out, often at great expense.

Making a will with a solicitor really doesn’t have to break the bank. It is one of the best value services you can obtain from a solicitor and fixed fees are usually available. On the whole the people who use us to make their wills regard our fees as reasonable and value for money.

If you would like to make a will then give us a call on 0808 139 1606 or contact us by email.