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Where there's a will...

… there's a minefield of potential legal problems, which is why one should rely on a solicitor instead of an unregulated service, writes Kate Johnson

29 September 2015

Your will is one of the most important documents you will ?ever sign. Media coverage of the court battles that ensue when drafting mistakes are made regularly brings the consequences of a poorly made will to the public’s attention. Yet, time and time again, people are lured into using ‘cheap £100 wills’.

Wills are the aspect of a private client lawyer’s work that, in my opinion, is the most undervalued – not only by clients but also by fellow professionals, including other solicitors. I have lost count of the number of times I have been asked, ‘How much?’, quickly followed by: ‘But the shop on my high street sells wills for £100.’

Drafting errors

A recent case against Barclays highlights the problems that can arise. Mr Aregbesola used Barclays’s will-writing service to make a will leaving his half-share in his London home to his daughter. But the home was owned as joint t...

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