Overdue Regulation of the Wills Market

The Legal Services Board, upon recommendation of the Legal Services Consumer Panel, has just announced a wide-ranging statutory investigation into the whole will writing industry. hc solicitors LLP is pleased that this recommendation has been made as anything done to further the protection of the client and their estate from less than scrupulous individuals or firms, be they regulated or unregulated agents, can only create a fairer area within which to work.

Henry Anstey, Head of Wills, Trusts & Probate at hc solicitors LLP, said of the investigation:

“With our lawyers’ accreditation with STEP, Solicitors For the Elderly, the Law Society’s Private Client Section and our membership of Certainty, you can be certain that our standards do not need to change. However, we welcome this move as we believe that this will engender trust and further solidify our relationship with our clients.”

hc solicitors LLP has full Professional Indemnity Insurance, in accordance with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and as such if there is an unforeseen issue with your Will or estate you have full access to our cover and compensation funds.

Anne Edis, President of Solicitors For the Elderly agreed::

“It cannot be overemphasized the importance of dealing with qualified, regulated and insured professionals rather than those who hold themselves out as Legal Consultants and who may not be qualified.”

It cannot be stressed how important your Will is when considering your family’s future and this is why we believe that you should employ a properly qualified person who you can trust implicitly to draft your Will.

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