The Legal Services Board’s Consumer Panel has thrown its weight behind the Law Society’s campaign to ensure that all will-writers should be fully regulated.
Paul Taylor, Senior Partner of Kidd Rapinet, says: “We applaud this move by the Consumer Panel. Consumer protection must be a priority. We have seen too many examples over the years of dishonesty and bad practice from unregulated will-writers.”
Solicitors are required to be covered by insurance, are subject to a strong complaints and disciplinary process and a compensation fund exists to ensure that consumers using solicitors do not lose out. This means that there is real protection for consumers if, as will inevitably happen on occasion, solicitors make mistakes. Consumers who pay to have something as important as a will made out should benefit from these protections in all circumstances.
Paul Taylor comments: “We are delighted that the Consumer Panel has recognised the seriousness of these concerns and we believe the Legal Services Board should implement, as soon as practical, arrangements to make will writing a regulated activity.”
If you require advice on wills, Kidd Rapinet can assist. Call the contact for your local office for further information:
Aylesbury: John O’Shea (01296 432541)
Farnham: Rebecca Panton (01252 713242)
High Wycombe: Gurvinder Sehra (01494 535321)
London: Rosalind Hallifax (020 7024 8030)
Maidenhead: Alex Norris (01628 621301)
Slough: Ron Kerslake (01753 532541)