LEGAL SERVICES: Most people do not know that will-writing is unregulated

Posted: Jan 11, 2019
Wills and Probate

A survey of more than 1,000 consumers has found that 60 percent of them did not know that will- writers are unregulated in the UK. More than 80 percent of those who had made a will were quoted fixed fees for the service, but only roughly two- thirds of them ended up paying the fee quoted, says IRN Research in its Wills & Probate Consumer Research Report 2018. At the same time, a new briefing paper has appeared in the House of Commons Library examining the arguments for and against statutory regulation of will writing: a policy recommended for England and Wales in 2013 by the Legal Service Board, but rejected by the then- government.