“Regulate will writing industry” Lord Chancellor advised


Recently, the Legal Services Board (LSB), recommended to the Lord Chancellor that will writing should only be carried out by regulated professionals.

This is of course the first positive step in what will inevitably prove a long and challenging road for will writing regulation. In the meantime, the SWW is campaigning to allow clients fast and easy access to the Legal Ombudsman, should they be dissatisfied with any aspect of the service they have received to date.

It is certainly heartening however, to learn that these two professional bodies are actively driving this campaign for will writing regulation, which must surely only benefit those involved in the industry and their clients.

The LSB in drafting these recommendations also advised that estate administration activities needs no further regulation stating that regulation would not be able to stop criminal activity.  IWC wholeheartedly agreed with this finding and IWC Director Tony Crocker was pleased to read that his viewpoint would appear to have been listened to.  Afterall if regulation was the answer why are there some solicitors convicted of fraud against estates.  

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