Will Writing: The Dangers Of Free Will Templates, DIY, & Unqualified Drafters
Recent figures published by the Legal Ombudsman suggested that up to 180,000 Wills are created by non-lawyers every year.
This means that more people are asking Google ‘how to make a Will’, downloading free Will templates, or employing unqualified, unregulated, and uninsured people to draft these vital documents for them.
Our Will solicitors have outlined four issues that can arise out of making your own Will, or employing a non-lawyer to write it for you.
DIY Will Writing Issue 1: Family Disputes
Poorly drafted Wills or trusts can lead to difficult disputes between family members. If you write your own Will you run the risk of family members misinterpreting your final wishes and your estate being distributed incorrectly. Ultimately, misinterpretations can lead to disagreements.
DIY Will Writing Issue 2: Expensive Errors
When alternative dispute resolution techniques fail to resolve such conflicts they can escalate into civil litigation cases in the family court, which can be extremely expensive and drawn-out.
At Else we charge just £150+vat for a single Will and £250+vat for a pair of Wills for a couple. This is a small price to pay when you realise a dispute resolution solicitor’s hourly rate can be as much as £250+vat per hour.
DIY Will Writing Issue 3: A Growing Problem
Almost 15% of all the cases that the Legal Ombudsman resolved in 2013-14 were related to Wills and Probate complaints. 55% of these cases related to Wills that were drafted ‘informally’.
DIY Will Writing Issue 4: Lack Of Regulatory Protection
Although it is legal for non-lawyer Will-writers to practice (and there are some very experienced professionals) they are not subject to the same regulations as Will solicitors and may not be covered by appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
If you would like to discuss a matter with one of our Will solicitors please call 01283 526200. Alternatively, you can send us a message and we will get in touch at a time that suits you.