Amendments to will writing in Scotland proposed

Regulations for non-lawyer will writers have been proposed to the Legal Services (Scotland) Bill.

It comes as the bill follows a consultation process and would ensure that will writers conform to industry practice.

They will not, however, apply to people preparing their own will with a DIY will pack, which could come as welcome news to those who want an easy and cost-effective way to draw up a document.

The proposed regulations would stop rogue will writers who can scam people out of their money by selling unnecessary specialised services or ask for money up front in cash.

Community safety minister Fergus Ewing said: "We are very concerned that some non-lawyer will writers may be exploiting the lack of regulation to the detriment of the consumer in Scotland.

"The regulation will continue to allow non-lawyers to provide a will writing service, but will protect consumers by ensuring that such will writers are subject to robust regulatory rules, enforcement measures and sanctions."

Posted by Morag Lyall

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Published on: June 3, 2010

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