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The Society of Will Writers

Why should I use a Society member?

  • Members continue to train on a yearly basis doing a minimum of 24 hours

  • All of our members hold professional indemnity insurance with a minimal level cover of £2 million

  • All of our members adhere to our code of practice and complaints procedure

  • Members are only admitted to the Society after completing a stringent and robust application process

  • Members are entitled to technical support to ensure they offer the best service to their clients

  • Members offer a statutory cooling off period of 14 days in accordance with the Consumer Contract Regulations

The Society of Will Writers was established in 1994 as an independent body representing the professional Will Writer and the interests of the consumer. Today, the Society is the largest trade body within our profession and has members throughout the world, especially where there are high concentrations of UK citizens living and working abroad. Our Code of Practice, ethics and philosophy puts the consumer at the heart of our aims to ensure that through our membership you receive the very best of service.

Members of The Society of Will Writers are Will Writing specialists – not legal ‘general practitioners’.  Solicitors are not averse to people making their own Wills as they make more money out of sorting out the mess which many DIY Wills leave behind whereas members of The Society of Will Writers don’t have this conflict of interest.

They deal almost exclusively with one area of law – succession planning – and as such, are best placed to offer specialist advice which ensures you receive the advice which is best for you. Society members will also make you aware of the importance of appointing guardians should you have young children and executors and trustees to administer your estate.

Member Principles

These 10 principles, as expanded by the Society’s Code of Practice and reinforced by the individual Members Terms of Business represent the protection the consumer can expect when using a Society Member in the preparation of their legal documents:

  1. A Member must act with integrity

  2. A Member must conduct his or her business with due skill, care and diligence

  3. A Member must observe proper standards when marketing his or her business to the general public

  4. A Member must pay due regard to the interests of his or her client and treat them fairly

  5. A member must communicate information to his or her client in a way that is clear fair and not misleading

  6. A Member must not create a conflict of interest between himself and his or her client

  7. A Member must take reasonable care to ensure the suitability of any advice given to his or her client

  8. A Member must ensure that any assets that he or she holds on behalf of a client are fully protected

  9. A Member must practice equality and respect diversity

  10. A Member must comply with all legal and regulatory requirements including full observance of the Society of Will Writers Code of Practice

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