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Average price of standard law firm will drops to £118

The average price of a standard will from a law firm has fallen from £124 to £118 over the last year, new research has indicated. The report, by IRN Research, warned that a highly competitive market had become even tougher with the arrival of accountants and chartered legal executives.

November 25th, 2015 | No Comments »

LeO calls for voluntary wills and probate ombudsman scheme

The chief legal ombudsman, Adam Sampson, has called on the government to extend its jursidction to unregulated will-writing and probate providers – while also highlighting continued shortcomings among regulated providers.

October 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

Exclusive: will-writers’ trade body launches unique ABS

The Institute of Professional Willwriters has won approval for a unique alternative business structure that will enable its members and others to access related legal services for their clients, and share in the fees generated.

July 22nd, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Parliamentary inquiry calls for renewed wills push in bid to increase charitable giving

A parliamentary inquiry has called for a push to encourage people to make wills and that will-writers should inform all clients that they are able to leave money to charity in them.

June 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

STEP volunteers will writing code of practice to fill regulatory vacuum

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners members will have to abide by a code of practice when they write wills, part of an attempt by the society to fill the regulatory vacuum.

January 16th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Will-writers face jail as new code of practice scheme goes live

Members of the Institute of Professional Willwriters who fail to comply with its code of practice face fines or even imprisonment, as a new UK-wide scheme to strengthen self-regulation by setting standards for such codes goes live.

June 18th, 2013 | 4 Comments »

CILEx and CLC confirm bids to become will-writer regulators

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and Council for Licensed Conveyancers have thrown their hats into the ring to regulate will-writers, amid further criticism of the Legal Services Board’s decision not to extend regulation to estate administration.

February 15th, 2013 | No Comments »

LSB formally requests government to regulate will-writing – but not estate administration

The Legal Services Board (LSB) will today formally recommend to the Lord Chancellor that will-writing – but not estate administration – should be regulated legal work. The LSB had initially intended to include estate administration.

February 13th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Will-writer becomes ABS to handle reserved work and plumps for CLC regulation

A will-writing and probate services company in Birmingham has become the latest alternative business structure, and only the second licensed by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

July 6th, 2012 | No Comments »

Will-writers accused of mis-selling and conducting reserved legal work

North East Trading Standards Association has joined forces with the Law Society to warn consumers about unregulated will-writers mis-selling wills and delivering reserved legal activities.

June 13th, 2012 | 2 Comments »