For us in the legal profession it is heartening to see a recent survey has shown that more than half of the public think will-writing should be regulated.
The YouGov poll research for the Law Society, the body that oversees solicitors in England, has shown in a survey of 1,554 adults that 55% wanted all will-writers to be regulated, while over 95% praised the services provided by solicitors.
We believe it is a sign that the public in this country are recognising the reassurances that one receives when using a law firm over an unregulated will writer.
The survey also showed almost 90% of respondents who had a will drafted by a solicitor were satisfied with the process.
In the past few years, solicitors and the Legal Services Board have fought for will writing to be regulated, but much to solicitors’ dismay this was rejected by the Government, meaning currently anyone can call themselves a will writer.
However, it is fair to say that anyone not seeing an expert in a firm of solicitors is very much taking a huge risk.
It is worth bearing in mind that badly drafted or ineffective DIY wills are an issue for around 38,000 families a year.
Here in the 21st century, wills are no longer as easy to draft as they once might have been due to complex modern family structures.
Wills have to be written in a way where there is no ambiguity, and a well-qualified solicitor who has found out exactly what a person wants their will to detail is the obvious place.
All law firms can tell of the terrible consequences that we have seen due to problems with poor wills or even dying without a will.
It can have a huge effect on lives and the exasperating fact is that so often just taking the time to see a solicitor can prevent all this.
Like all law firms, we will continue to do our utmost to get the message across about the importance of wills and we hope gradually everyone will listen.