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Solicitor? Will Writer? or Do It Yourself?

June 6, 2019 9:44 am | This post was written by mmadigital | Posted in: General news, House sales and purchases, Lasting powers of attorney, Probate, Salehs news, Wills

According to the Law Society it is always dangerous to use an unqualified person to write your will.

Making a will ensures that when you die your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are cared for. Your will is an important legal document and should be written by a solicitor.  Solicitors are regulated by SRA’s strict code of conduct.  Will writers are not regulated.  Using a solicitor means you are using a regulated professional so you have something to fall back on if things go wrong and you can make a complaint if you are unhappy with the service.

Solicitors go through years of training before qualifying. No specific training or qualifications are required to become a will writer.

Your circumstances may be more complicated than you realise. Your modern family may have a complex structure and you need to take account of the growing value of your property.  Expert knowledge means the solicitor can highlight issues and help you avoid mistakes.  Solicitors will ensure all procedures are followed to make sure your will is legally valid.  There is no guarantee that a will writer will have the knowledge to ensure your will is legally binding.  If the correct procedures have not been followed, your will may not be legally valid and your wishes may not be carried out after your death.

Solicitors must follow strict rules dictated by the SRA when storing your will. Will writers are not obligated to keep a track of your will and keep it in a safe place.  Being able to track your will and knowing it is safe, ensures your wishes can be carried out and helps your family avoid a potentially lengthy and distressing probate process.  The number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court is increasing phenomenally.  This rise is largely fuelled by the popularity of DIY wills, which are often riddled with errors and omissions.

At Salehs, our qualified and experienced solicitors will take account of all your circumstances to produce a comprehensive and legally binding will. This will ensure that your family and loved ones are provided for according to your wishes and that your estate can be smoothly administered.

Contact Fergal Farrell on 0161 434 9991 or fergal.farrell@salehs.co.uk  With Salehs you are in safe hands.


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