The service provided by solicitors to people drafting a will has been praised by 95% of respondents to a new YouGov annual survey on wills and probate.
Clients who used a solicitor were overwhelmingly pleased with the will-writing advice they received, including the explanations from solicitors before and during the drafting, as well as the overall experience.
The results also showed that a majority of individuals who had been involved in the probate process had said the administration route was simple due to having a clearly drafted will.
Other key findings include:
• 89% of respondents who had a will drafted by a solicitor said that they were satisfied or very satisfied with the explanation of the will writing process at the start.
• 82% of respondents who had a will drafted by a solicitor said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the explanation of other issues.
• 81% of respondents who had a will drafted by a solicitor said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of legal advice on how a will would benefit the situation.
• 55% of respondents said that all will writers should be regulated.
President of the Law Society Jonathan Smithers said:
‘It is encouraging to see that the public are beginning to recognise the importance of using a solicitor over an unregulated will writer, and solicitors providing will writing services should be proud of such a positive survey response.
‘We have been calling for the regulation of will writers for several years over concerns regarding the quality of the service that some provide. Solicitors are the clear choice when getting your will drafted. They are qualified, regulated, and insured, and clients of solicitors have access to the Solicitors Compensation Fund should they need it.’
The results of the survey also revealed that 61% of respondents didn’t have a will, with 42% of those respondents citing ‘not getting around to it yet’ as the reason.
Jonathan Smithers continued: ‘These results are a reminder to the public to stop delaying having a will prepared. Having a will helps ensure that when you die your assets are divided amongst the family, friends and charities of your choice and makes things easier for the loved ones you leave behind.
‘The Law Society’s Find a Solicitor service allows you to search for solicitors in your local area who provide will-writing services. Consumers can also look for firms who are accredited with the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme that provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice that consumers can trust.’