11 June 2014

Who will do the best job with your Will?

A recent research project including the Office of Fair Trading and the Solicitors Regulation Authority reviewed 101 wills provided to consumers.

41 of these were provided by solicitors and 9 of those were deemed unsatisfactory by the researchers.

It was a similar unsatisfactory proportion for non-solicitor will writers.

That strikes me as a pretty high percentage, but the key point is that solicitors don't do a better job than anyone else. And when you consider that only a small part of their training is on wills you couldn't say that they are the experts.

Overall, I'd have to say you are better off going to someone who can provide a wider service and can recognise other needs too. We use full time will-writers to provide our service, and as an independent financial adviser I can also provide Inheritance Tax and other advice.

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