The Fellowship of Professional Will writers and Probate Practitioners has announced its new Patron, Cheryl Jones.
The Fellowship, www.fpwpp.co.uk, is not only currently lobbying for regulation of will writing in England and Wales, but also, following the recent decision by the Scottish government to consider regulating non-solicitor will writing, to apply to become the Regulator in Scotland.
Like many in the probate and wills industry, Cheryl Jones believes that consumers will be best protected by will writing being regulated.
The Fellowship has been very vocal in it’s belief that dealing properly and professionally with people's financial affairs is just as important after their death as during their lives. A wrongly drafted will can result in financial loss to the beneficiaries and endless delays at a time when they are already very vulnerable.
Fergus Ewing, a Member of the Scottish Parliament who is bringing in protection north of the border, told the recent Panorama programme on wills and probate : “The public have a right to be protected, in Scotland they will be”.
The Fellowship of Professional Willwriters and Probate Practitioners has submitted an application to become the official regulator under the new regime and enhance its work underway in England and Wales to improve consumer protection. It offers a code of conduct for member bodies and a series of qualifications to help raise will-writing standards. Members are forced to take out PI insurance and accede to criminal record checks that must be reviewed every year.