Posted on 2nd June 2020 at 20:36
I am asked this question a lot. I can understand it because making a will is something which people put off, sometimes for years. Some people don't want to face their own mortality, some find it too upsetting, some can't decide on who to appoint as guardians for their children and life has a habit of getting in the way. We all lead busy lives and making a will rarely finds itself at the top of anyone's to-do list. Usually people contact me about making a will because something has happened within their own family or friendship group that has caused them to stop and think. Recently, it has been coronavirus which has stopped people in their tracks and prompted them to get their affairs in order.
So, when people finally decide to make a will, it is vital that they choose the person or company that they trust, and who understands their situation. Sometimes I hear people say 'Don't use a will writer, you should use a Solicitor'. This, I believe, is because will writing as an industry is not regulated and means that somebody with no experience or qualifications could set up as a will writer - very worrying when you are dealing with such an important document for yourself and your family.
The advantages of using a will writer over a solicitor are usually cost, flexibility and personal service. There are some fantastic solicitors who are very experienced with wills and LPAs, but there are also solicitors who don't write wills very often. Whether you choose a solicitor or will writer, choose carefully.
I am very proud of Heritage Estate Planning and the advice and service we provide to our clients. Firstly we are full members of the Institute of Professional Will Writers, this means we adhere to their strict code of practice and have met their membership criteria through experience and qualifications. We receive wonderful feedback from our clients who are happy to recommend us to their friends and family. Before Covid 19, we saw all clients in their own homes at a time to suit them - the only thing that has changed is that we now see our clients in their own homes at a time to suit them, over zoom - our clients like this approach and have been able to get their wills in place during lockdown - this is a service option we will continue to offer when we go back to a new kind of normal. We put our clients at the heart of everything we do, which is why we continue to provide free updates on all of the wills we write. We believe in supporting our staff with their personal developement and our Office Manager has recently enrolled in the level 3 willwriting exams through CILEx. Will writing is what we do, every single day - it is our area of expertise and it's not a sideline to another more prominent service.
So, when choosing how you want to write you will, think about what is important to you and how you would like to receive advice and guidance. We offer free consultation meetings and are always happy to answer your questions, review an existing will or talk through your own situation, which may feel incredibly complicated - usually I am able to show you how straightforward making a will is, once I understand you and your wishes.
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