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Making A Will? Questions To Ask Before You Buy.

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

Does making a Will online, or through a similar business offering cheap prices, really protect the interests of you and your family? Or are you putting your estate at risk of ending up in the wrong hands? It’s a question we recently asked in our article (HERE)

When you see that glossy advert in a local newspaper, or click on the big ‘banner advert’ on a website, it pays to do a bit of research.

Are you buying from a fully regulated solicitor?

A solicitor is fully regulated by the SRA – Solicitors Regulation Authority. This means that they:

  • are regulated by the authority that regulates all Solicitors in the UK
  • are indemnified (insured), meaning that in the unlikely event of something not being right, they  (and therefore you) are ‘fully covered’
  • are required to keep their knowledge fully up to date through learning and training, called CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
  • are likely to be holders of additional accreditations such as the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme

They may also hold other accreditations such as Lexcel, the “quality mark” for law firms.

Also consider whether they are really local?

As well as possibly a freephone number, have they got a “proper” geographic phone number, or numbers, listed or on their website?

Is their address clearly stated and easy to find?

Where are their offices?

  • Have they got a permanent address listed?
  • If they have got an address, do they have a full-time office there or is it a “virtual” or “serviced office”?
  • Have they got a permanent address listed on Google and does it show on Google My Business?

If you use another search engine such as “Bing” (from Microsoft) the same applies.

There is nothing to say you should not use such a service…just do your research first and know what you’re buying and who you’re buying it from.

 

 

Wayne Jenkins

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Wayne Jenkins

Business Development & Marketing Director

Wayne is an experienced Marketing and Business Development professional having worked in the UK, Europe and Asia for leading law and accountancy firms. His main responsibilities include the strategic direction of our offices in terms of marketing strategy; advertising (online and offline); social media; all…