Despite the Legal Services Board recommendation that Will writing across the board in England and Wales should become a Reserved Activity, in other words “Regulated”, this recommendation was rejected by the Justice Secretary. Whilst this may not be a “forever” decision this was disappointing in many ways.
However here at APS Legal & Associates Limited, since 2008, through our membership of the Institute of Professional Will writers (IPW), we have been treating our business as if it is regulated.
The advantages to our clients are:
All our clients can deal with us with confidence and peace of mind.
Like Will Writing, probate isn’t currently regulated and anyone can administer an estate. The only areas that are a ‘restricted activity’ are the Oath, transfer and sale of property and the production of any deeds i.e. if a trustee wants to retire then a deed of retirement is required.