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Byline: Penman; Sommerlad

a YOU can't be too careful who you pick to write your will, as victims of bent lawyer Stephen Share (below) know.

Share, 59, from Worcester has been struck off by the Law Society and his firm Solicitors Probate Services Ltd banned from managing wills after breaching guidelines designed to protect consumers - and charging "extortionate" prices.

The firm changed its name to Estate Protection Services and still touts a willwriting service. It also - don't laugh - set up a watchdog body to protect people who want a will made. Called the Fellowship of Professional Willwriters and Probate Practitioners, it says the previous scandal was solely due to Share - and it has re-drafted thousands of wills at no extra cost.

"We do not want any other company or client to face the horrors that a rogue will-writer can bring," they say.

A noble sentiment. But you might prefer to deal with a member of the longstanding Institute of Professional Willwriters.

The Institute has become the first wills watchdog to have its code of conduct approved by the Office of Fair Trading.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2010
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