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Legal specialists should be first choice for will writing

Maghull law firm Maxwell Hodge is calling for more regulation of Will writers following a continued spate of problems with poorly drafted Wills.

They say unscrupulous firms are currently advertising their services in Maghull and Aintree by posting flyers direct to homes in the area. Maxwell Hodge stresses that companies of this nature are not always adequately qualified, trained or insured -- and if something goes wrong, there is no safety net for victims to fall back on.

Jennifer Howell, a specialist in lifetime planning at Maxwell Hodge said: “We’ve seen numerous examples of malpractice by Will writers in particular, with people facing huge inheritance tax bills, or families losing out financially because a Will hasn’t taken account of issues such as people going into care.”

She added: “With a Will writing firm you are paying for a Will service but often only getting a fraction of the legal advice you should.  Not only this, as they are unregulated and often have no insurance, if something goes wrong there is no mechanism for complaint and often no means of redress.  Given the protection you get by making a Will with a regulated professional, the small difference in price is well worth it.”

Will writers often claim they are significantly cheaper than solicitors, but recent research carried out by Which Magazine found on average the price of a Will from a Solicitor is £130 and from a Will writer is £107.

Ms Howell went on to say: “We need new regulations to help protect the consumer, particularly older and vulnerable people but until this regulation comes in, seek advice from a reputable law firm, preferably a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.”

Maxwell Hodge is one of the region’s leading law firms operating from offices stretching across Merseyside, with a Maghull office located on Altway, Old Roan.


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