Why use a Solicitor to write your Will
One of the benefits of using a solicitor to write your Will is the level of protection and security that there is for the client. There are many unregulated options available to write a Will, including DIY Wills, Will writers and online services. However, there is a vast amount of regulation and compliance that solicitors’ firms must follow to enable it to act for clients and to ensure that the firm acts in its clients’ best interests. In addition, BakerLaw is a Lexcel accredited firm adding an extra layer of scrutiny in respect of its client care practices. As the Will writing industry is an unregulated one, this separates us from other will writing companies and gives more reassurance to the client that all their information is protected and safely stored.
Many Will writing companies tend to have a ‘one size fits all’ approach to drafting Wills. This can lead to people not getting the right advice for their specific circumstances and problems in the long run including, their wishes not being properly executed. In the private client team at BakerLaw, we have members of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) which is a world-renowned professional body for the most experienced practitioners in the field of Wills, Trusts and estate planning. We also have a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) which is an independent, national organisation of lawyers who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. This means that the advice is tailored to each individual client’s needs and requirements and will ensure that your wishes are expressed.
In an era of austerity, cost can be a major consideration. Some Will writing companies offer a very low initial price for a single or mirror Will which will entice people into speaking to them and arranging an appointment. However, the cost of that Will can increase by the requirement for additional work, including Lasting Powers of attorney or even as simple as adding an extra name as an executor or trustee.
This is where a BakerLaw differs. We provide full details of our Wills service and the likely costs to ensure transparency from the outset, including if we believe a client may benefit from additional legal protections. This ensures that the client can make an informed decision as to what steps they wish to take or which documents they feel will safeguard their future and their family.
If you need help drafting a Will, or would like advice on a Lasting Power of Attorney, please do not hesitate to contact our Private Client Team on 01252 730757.
This article is not a definitive statement of the law. It is designed as a free update on the law at the time of publishing. It is not a substitute for legal advice on specific facts and circumstances. BakerLaw LLP and/or the writer accepts no liability or responsibility for reliance on this article and recommends that you seek independent legal advice on your specific circumstances prior to taking any steps.