Regulation

Will Writing

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:

  • We are members of the professional body the Institute of Professional Will writers
  • We adhere to the IPW Code of Practice, which includes Terms of Business, a 14 day cooling off period, and in the unlikely event it is required, an independent complaints procedure.
  • The Code of Practice is approved by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI)
  • All our legal team are fully trained and are qualified members of the IPW as well as STEP (Society of Trustees and Estate Practitioners
  • All our Associates are fully trained in taking your instructions and are qualified Associate members of the IPW
  • All members of the legal team and our Associates are required to keep their knowledge up to date through continued professional development
  • The company and our Associates carry £2.5 million of Professional Indemnity Insurance

All our clients can deal with us with confidence and peace of mind.

Probate

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.