The Law Society has welcomed calls for will-writing to be subject to regulation, but argues a failure to apply similar oversights to estate administration activities could harm consumers.
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has submitted a report to Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling recommending he amend the list of reserved activities to include will-writing.
However, it has not recommended Grayling do the same for estate administration - the distribution of the estate of a deceased person.
Law Society president, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, said the professional body was "concerned" about the consequences should this be excluded.
"We submitted evidence to the LSB of people who have been prosecuted for running off with estates, among other problems that have been caused by unregulated people doing this work.
"At the moment unregulated individuals are charged with distributing considerable sums of money. It is becoming more difficult to assist consumers to identify reputable service providers. The evidence hints at many more cases where beneficiaries do not obtain what they should."
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