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SDT lifts suspension of solicitor so he can work as will-writer

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has lifted the indefinite suspension of a solicitor who retrained as a will-writer after suffering a “major depressive illness”. The suspension prevented him from carrying out any work as a member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters.

February 23rd, 2016 | 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 »

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 seeks to expand legal services options for members

The Institute of Professional Will Writers has appointed a solicitor to be its first chief executive, as part of a radical overhaul of the organisation that it hopes will involve licensing legal services businesses.

November 20th, 2013 | No 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 »

Consumers, solicitors and will-writers hit out at LSB decision on estate administration

Consumers, solicitors and will-writers have united to condemn the Legal Services Board’s decision not to recommend to the government that estate administration become a regulated activity. However, chartered accountants have welcomed it.

February 13th, 2013 | No Comments »

LSB: regulating will-writing and estate work will grow market and benefit solicitors

The reservation of will-writing and estate administration should boost the amount of work and allow existing providers such as solicitors to become more competitive, the Legal Services Board said today as it laid out how the regime will work.

September 27th, 2012 | No Comments »

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 receive ABS licence

A Buckinghamshire-based will-writing company has today become the latest recipient of an alternative business structure licence. Parchment Wills & Legal Services Ltd of Gerrards Cross is a founder member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters.

May 25th, 2012 | No Comments »