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Government not keen on more regulation, warns LSB chief – despite issues around unregulated providers

The new government is not keen to extend regulation of legal services, including will-writing, the chief executive of the Legal Services Board (LSB) has warned. Richard Moriarty said innovation was key to tackling the “trilemma” facing legal services.

July 10th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

MoJ rejects any form of regulation for will-writing in wake of LeO call

The Ministry of Justice has made it clear that it is not in favour of any form of regulation for will-writing, following calls by LeO for a voluntary ombudsman scheme. It said “other options should be explored first

October 17th, 2014 | 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 »

SRA ducks out of row over Law Society advice on Shariah-compliant wills

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has removed reference to the Law Society’s controversial practice note on Sharia succession rules from its recent guidance on will drafting, it has emerged.

July 16th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

New LSB chairman joins calls for single regulator

Sir Michael Pitt, the new chairman of the Legal Services Board, has joined calls by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, and Lord Neuberger, president of the Supreme Court, for a single regulator.

July 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

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 »

"Door is open" on regulation of will-writing, Kenny says

The government may look again at the question of whether to regulate will-writing, the chief executive of the Legal Services Board has indicated. Justice minister Shailesh Vara has left open the door “for further consideration”, Chris Kenny said.

June 6th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Don’t exploit clients’ lack of knowledge about wills, SRA tells solicitors

Solicitors must not exploit clients’ lack of knowledge about wills for their own advantage, the SRA has warned. In a newly issued guidance note, the regulator said clients should not be led to believe that appointing a solicitor as executor was “essential or indeed the norm”.

May 15th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Will-writing body reports surge of applications following launch

A network set up as an alternative to established will writing representative bodies has claimed that in less than a fortnight since launch, it has already received applications from a quarter as many prospective members as it planned to sign up in the whole of 2014.

February 27th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Will-writing body set for rule change after report questions value of pre-paid probate plans

The Society of Will Writers is set to adopt a code of conduct change that will prevent its members from taking advance payments for acting in the administration of a client’s estate after research found few benefits for consumers.

January 30th, 2014 | 1 Comment »