Graham’s campaign to have dodgy will-writers brought to book comes a step closer with news that The Legal Services Board is minded to recommend to the Lord Chancellor that will-writing should be regulated.
Graham said “This is fantastic news for people who have been victims of unregulated will-writing firms. Some unscrupulous firms have been known to waste years sorting out an estate and often charge many times over the odds for sloppy work. And at the moment there’s no one to complain to about that. I’m determined to see the Legal Ombudsman regulating what these firms get up to.
“At the moment convicted fraudsters can offer a will-writing service. This is simply wrong. Someone selling you a savings policy needs to be qualified and the man installing your boiler needs to be qualified and yet those writing and administering wills have to pass no test whatsoever.
“I feel that the tide is turning and that those of us pressing for change are winning the argument and will prevail so people never again have to put up with shoddy work and outrageous prices.”
The consultation launched on the 27th September 2012 and will run for 6 weeks. The consultation and accompanying documents can be found at www.legalservicesboard.org.uk and clicking on Consultations.
Any recommendations following the consultation will be made to the Lord Chancellor early in 2013.