Anyone can write a Will for payment - FACT, and people are putting themselves at risk of being cheated by unscrupulous, unqualified, untrained salesmen.
The elderly are commonly a target for Will-writing companies that apply high-pressure selling techniques, offering wills for a low or discounted fee. They frequently claim they are cheaper than solicitors but recent research carried out by Which? Magazine found on average the price of a Will from a Solicitor is £130 and from a Will writer is £107.
Professionals, such as solicitors and legal executives are regulated, have relevant qualifications, undergo continual training, must be insured and provide redress if things were to go wrong. Given the protection you get by making a Will with a regulated professional the small difference in price is well worth it.
Isobel Mann from MS Legal in Wellingborough said, “We need new regulations to help protect the consumer, particularly older and vulnerable people."
MS Legal are a member of "Solicitors for the Elderly," which is the UK association of solicitors, legal executives and barristers who provide specialist advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. If you would like further advice on making a Will contact Isobel at MS Legal on Wellingborough 01933 375010.