The AA has begun offering will writing, inheritance tax planning and conveyancing services by referral with a view to making such services available direct to consumers once the Legal Services Bill is given Royal Assent.
AA Legal Services promises to help customers get the correct level of advice by offering legal and financial advice through three different firms. Inheritance tax advice will be provided by Skipton Financial Services, Hammonds Direct will provide conveyancing services while Irwin Mitchell will offer a will writing service.
“The AA has offered motor-related advice and assistance for nearly 100 years. Now the time is right to broaden our offering away from just car accidents and speeding tickets,” James Molloy, head of AA Legal Services, says.
Malloy says AA already offers personal injury claims assistance and legal expenses cover through its existing insurance products and, based on research it has carried out with its customers, he says developing into these new areas seem to be natural extensions.
Currently, the AA is not able to offer financial or legal advice but the insurance firm says as a result of the Legal Services Bill the market will be opened to greater competition allowing it to enter different legal markets. As a result, it is likely those services being offered on a referral basis at present will be brought in-house after the bill is passed in what is expected to be either late 2008 or early 2009.
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