Fears over will writers

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A SHEFFIELD law firm is warning people to avoid being conned by uninsured and untrained will writers setting up in business.

Philip Armstrong, head of Wills, Probate and Trust at Atteys Solicitors which has offices in Sheffield, Wath-upon-Dearne, Barnsley and Doncaster, said there has been a big increase in the number of people, mostly elderly, who have been sold unsuitable wills over the last year.

“Anyone can set up as a will writer, usually by buying a franchise. Many are unlikely to have had any formal training or qualifications and are able to cold-call people at home and give out leaflets on the street,” he said.

The Law Society has launched a new campaign to warn consumers of the dangers of using will writers who are not properly qualified.