The legal industry is set to launch a new will writing quality scheme to bridge the gap left by the government's refusal to regulate the practice.
The Wills and Inheritance Scheme, which will launch in July, was designed by the Law Society on the back of suggestions by the Legal Services Board to make will writing a reserved activity.
The scheme will aim to set minimum standards for the practice of will writing and estate administration, following Chris Grayling's refusal two weeks ago to subject it to formal regulation.
A Law Society spokesperson said: "The launch of the scheme is timed well because of the Lord Chancellor's decision two weeks ago.
"As a result of the Government's decision, unregulated providers can carry on writing wholly unsuitable wills, leaving consumers without any recourse when things go wrong as a result.
"Until the Government changes its minds on this, the only sensible choice for consumers is to have a Solicitor to write your will, and to ensure a solicitor is chosen to administer the estate of your loved one.
"The Law Society scheme, set to launch in July, will aim to set minimum practice standards for firms advising on will writing and estate administration.
"The regulation of will-writers remains Law Society policy and we believe that it is strongly in the public interest.
"We will be reviewing next steps in the light of the Lord Chancellor's decision.
"We would like to eventually see the regulation of will-writers, that's what we will continue to lobby on."
The new quality scheme seeks to set minimum standards of practice and make it clearer to consumers what level of quality firms they are dealing with.
Firms will have to adhere to key principles surrounding service levels, timescales for communications with clients, and transparency about costs, which will be set out in a general protocol to be published on 5 July.
Will writing and estate administration will have separate protocols to abide by.
Will writers are not currently regulated meaning their customers do not benefit from professional indemnity insurance and compensation schemes.
Applications to join the scheme will be open to all Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)-regulated entities and will be open for online submission from September.
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