What are the important things to look for in a Will Writer?

It’s obviously a big decision making sure you are using a reputable company which will provide you with legally valid documents. Here are some key points you may wish to consider before choosing a Will writer.

  • Check what training, skills and experience of Will writing your Will Writer has

A R K is a member of the Society of Will Writers; this means that as well as undertaking initial training and obtaining relevant qualifications, we need to complete a minimum of 24 hours of additional training a year to ensure we keep up to date with all the necessary legislation and to enhance our skills.

We have over 9 years’ experience working in the Will, Lasting Power of Attorney and Probate business.

  • Is your Will Writer covered by a Society’s Code of Practice?

Will Writing is not currently regulated by statute, but that doesn’t mean that professional standards shouldn’t be imposed. Ensure your Will writer is working with a high sense of duty and standard.

A mandatory requirement of membership with The Society of Will Writers is that we adhere to their strict Code of Practice. Society members work in accordance with a methodical process that prioritises the client and their needs.

  • Does your Will Writer have up to date Professional Indemnity Insurance?

It is a mandatory requirement of the Society of Will Writers that all members hold a minimum of £2m Professional Indemnity Insurance. We comply with this and we also have £2m Public Liability insurance for our clients’ peace of mind.

  • Carry out as much research as you can before engaging a Will Writer

Look for recommendations and reviews to see if there are good reviews from satisfied customers. Friends/family, websites and social media are all good ways to ensure that someone is reliable and looks after their clients.

At A R K you can see our many excellent reviews both on our website and our Facebook page (A R K Lasting Powers & Wills)

  • Make sure you feel comfortable with the Will Writer you choose

At A R K we like to carry out client appointments in the comfort of their own home. If you prefer, we also offer telephone and Skype appointments, or we can arrange an office-based meeting. We are happy to have an initial telephone conversation to discuss your needs and to give as much advice in advance of the appointment as you need. This initial advice is free, and you would only incur any costs if you go ahead with making a Will or taking any of our other services such as Lasting Powers of Attorney or a pre-paid Funeral Plan.

  • Do any of your family have specialist needs that need to be considered?

If a member of your family is disabled or has any particular needs, such as long-term care, then it could be that you need to make provision for this in your Will. Your Will should be tailored to meet those needs. For example, this could mean you include a Disabled Trust within your Will. It may also be that a disabled adult needs that extra bit of help in making their Will or Power of Attorney.

At A R K we specialise in making our clients feel comfortable by carrying out home visits and being approachable and accessible. We provide clear advice and explain things without using daunting jargon.

  • What storage services can your Will Writer provide?

We can arrange storage for you with our reputable partners (there is a small annual charge) or you can store your Will at home. We recommend if you do take that option then you get a fireproof box for storage and advise your family where the Will is stored.

  • Check Terms of Business and company Literature

At A R K we try to keep everything simple and transparent for our clients. This includes a clear pricing policy on company literature and on our website. We do not believe in hidden extras. If we carry out any work for you, we will give you a copy of our Terms of Business which tell you what we expect to do for you, and what your obligations are. You also get information telling you what will happen next, and the timescale you can expect work to be completed in.

Visit our website at www.arkpowers.com to get more information, or call A R K Lasting Powers & Wills on 01438 746977 to discuss your needs in more detail.

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