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Crusade for will writing industry regulation; Askthe expert Jasmine Coles, solicitor at Button Legal LLP.

WILL writing horror stories continue to make the headlines nationally, with ongoing reports of cases where people have been stung by hidden costs when using some companies offering will writing services.

Of course, not all companies can be tarred with the same brush, but the sensible option, which Button Legal advocates along with much of the legal profession, is for tighter regulation of the will writing industry to help safeguard the interests of consumers.

The will writing industry currently remains unregulated and while many people often see will writing companies as more costeffective than approaching solicitors, they really should tread cautiously when approaching the subject.

What people may be unaware of is that currently you don't have to have a legal qualification or background to operate these companies and they're not regulated.

Alarmingly, stories continue to surface about people being hit by hidden costs after signing up to use the services of some of these companies, which is a great cause for concern.

I've personally heard worrying stories of cases where people have ended up paying pounds 30 or pounds 40 a month for ongoing advice which they simply don't need.

The situation makes me feel very angry, and the Law Society is currently campaigning to get the government to do something to regulate the industry, which we would certainly welcome sooner rather than later.

Obviously, solicitors are fully qualified to provide will writing services and the difference is that we are regulated by the Law Society to ensure consumers are protected.

In the unlikely event of mistakes happening, solicitors are also insured, giving consumers even more peace of mind when preparing and storing one.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 2, 2011
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