For centuries, when people wished to arrange a Will, they would use a local solicitor. Originally, Wills would be handwritten, then progress lead to the typewriter, electronic typewriter and now the word processor.
Solicitor firms have traditionally operated out of town and city centre premises, using administrative as well as legal staff. Operating on this basis involves many costs, which are of course passed on to the firm’s clients.
Until the latter part of the twentieth century, solicitor firms held a stranglehold upon the market for Wills. This meant that the cost to arrange a Will was high. There was no incentive to reduce fees as all solicitor firms in the locality would sustain an informal agreement to charge similarly high prices. Therefore, there was little point in shopping around.
Even to this day, many people believe that using a solicitor is the only option open to them if they are to obtain a legally valid and accurate Will. As a result, they pay unnecessarily high prices and enjoy no certainty that they are receiving an accurate and safe document.
TRF Wills (TRF) was created by Devon Wills Writer Michael Cotterill in 2005. He is a member of the Society of Will Writers and registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
A professional Will Writer is equally expected to adhere to the same level of compliance and scrutiny as a solicitor, thus levelling the playing field.
If such a Will Writing firm operates with lower costs, then this saving can be reflected in their fee structure WITHOUT any compromise to the end result.
Also, with the availability of technology, clients are no longer constrained to having to use a local firm, and can use any available professional Will Writer in England or Wales. Clear and concise online and telephone meetings have become commonplace, especially during the pandemic of 2020/2021 and all documentation can be transported securely and confidentially using Royal Mail.
Provided you use a suitably qualified and insured practitioner, who is ideally a member of a professional body such as the Society of Will Writers, you will not only obtain an equally professional outcome, but also save money.
I am a Devon Will writer and if you visit our Wills page you can find further details.