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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Will writers taking thousands from customers

This is an article from the UK about companies - non-lawyers - who write Wills for people for a fee. We don't have this system in Canada. Even the banks (which are also briefly mentioned in this article) in Canada send each and every client out to a private lawyer who doesn't work for the bank, for the customer's protection.

According to a BBC investigation cited in this article, these companies, which are not regulated, are ripping off customers to the tune of thousands of pounds. This situation is exactly why I worry about people who want Wills but don't want to pay a lawyer. I've seen individuals ask people who have never been trained in Wills law - legal secretaries, law students, accountants, financial advisors, police officers - to make them a Will because they think it will be cheaper. As these poor people in the UK are finding out, it most definitely is not cheaper, and it will be your loved ones left behind who pay the price.

Click here to read the article.

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