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Becoming a Will Writer or Estate Planning Consultant can be an incredibly rewarding role. As well as providing important legal documents for your clients you are also providing them with peace of mind that their wishes have been recorded and will be carried out after they pass away. The idea of running your own business can be an attractive proposition. Many are attracted to being able to work hours to suit family commitments and being able to work from home.

Whilst their are no formal qualifications necessary to become a Will Writer and even though anyone could write their own Will, we do not advise it unless properly trained. With ever more complex family scenarios, the chances of estates becoming contentious and the need to plan for all sorts of eventualities, it is wise to consult with a professional.

The term professional, whilst not mentioned in the title of this article, is incredibly important. Some of you may have seen an advert for a German car where the manufacturer highlighted the choices you have when purchasing. The advert showed a child and their father. The father was taking his son for a shark diving experience. One of the two providers was decidedly questionable with seemingly faulty equipment whilst the other was perfect.  It was asking whether you would you opt for clearly inadequate protection from someone on the grounds that they were significantly cheaper when you could pay more and get a better experience. Transferring this to our industry it is well worth putting yourself in the same shoes and considering whether you would choose someone who adheres to a recognised code of practice, has to hold professional indemnity insurance and is accountable or whether you chose an entirely unregulated provider with no guarantees of competency or protection.

Sounds like an easy choice right? Now it’s time to look a little deeper.

Will Writers have a couple of primary costs associated with the production of Wills. These are drafting software and professional indemnity insurance. The insurance covers you for the documents you are producing and should be in force permanently and continuously after you’ve drafted the documents. The software, whilst not essential, gives you the tools you need to be able to draft documents as quickly and easily as possible. Good providers like the SWW’s Sure Will Writer – Professional Will Suite can give additional support when drafting documents to give you peace of mind as a drafter.

Another cost associated with becoming a professional Will writer is membership to an organisation such as ourselves. The SWW exist to support our members as well as to provide a framework of self-regulation which members are required to adhere to. When you break down the SWW membership fee it costs only £0.82 per day, that’s less than a cup of coffee. The benefits of membership include technical support, assistance and access to products and services that you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to access if you weren’t a member.

One of the first things you should look at is the level of knowledge needed to practice as a Will writer. The College of Will Writing is a key training provider for those looking to join the industry or expand their knowledge. The most popular course offered is the SWWEPP course and is incredibly cost effective.

If you’re now thinking that SWW membership, the costs of becoming a Will writer and training make this an even more exciting proposition then why not give us a call to discuss this in greater detail. 01522 687 888.

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33 comments

  • Dale Gallagher

    5th September 2018 at 9:14 pm

    H,

    I have recently completed a Law degree finishing with a 2:1 honours degree through the university of south wales. I have taken up full time employment in a sales & purchasing manager role. I gained some interest in Will writing when volunteering to work for a small solicitors that specialised in will writing amongst other things and I would like some information on taking up Will writing part time in order to use my degree in a legal nature as well as working in my current role. If you have any help or advise you could offer me, it would be gratefully received.

    Kind regards
    Dale

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      10th September 2018 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Dale,

      We have plenty of members of do Will writing part time alongside other businesses/jobs. Have you have an information pack at all? It would be a great starting point to see what the SWW can offer. Also feel free to give the office a call at any time on 01522 68 78 88 and a member of the team will be able to get you on track.

      Thanks.

      Reply

  • Kuldip Sohal

    28th March 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Hi

    I would like to obtain more information about becoming a will writer on a part time bases.

    Reply

    • Siobhan Smith

      30th March 2020 at 9:06 am

      Hi Kuldip, if you contact our Membership team by sending an email to [email protected] or calling 01522 687888 a member of the team will be happy to assist you.

      Reply

  • Joshua Marshall

    13th April 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Hi

    I would like to request some further information regarding Will writing.
    I am a recently qualified financial adviser and I would like to offer my clients a Will writing service.

    Kind regards

    Josh Marshall

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      14th April 2020 at 9:30 am

      Hi Josh,

      No problem at all, our membership team will be in touch shortly with information.

      Thanks,
      Anthony

      Reply

  • Helen Dain

    11th June 2020 at 5:45 am

    Could you send me some more information please

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      11th June 2020 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Helen,

      No problem, we’ll get an information pack over to you right away.

      Thanks,
      Anthony

      Reply

  • Lydia

    7th July 2020 at 6:20 pm

    I am a qualified Protection and GI adviser and I would like to offer my clients a Will writing service.
    Please could you send me some more information about will writing ?

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      8th July 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Lydia, no problem at all – I’ll have someone from the Membership Team send some details to you.

      Thanks,
      Anthony

      Reply

  • Hazel

    13th July 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Hi
    I’m a financial planner looking to expand my services and consider offering a will writing service. I’d be grateful if you could send me some further information. Thanks, Hazel

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      14th July 2020 at 11:49 am

      Hi Hazel, no problem at all – our membership team will be in touch shortly.

      Thanks, Anthony

      Reply

  • Rajagopal

    20th July 2020 at 9:53 am

    Greetings.
    I would like to request some further information regarding Will writing course online.
    I would like to seek more knowledge to enhance in depth knowledge in this field.
    My email I’d:
    [email protected]
    Regards
    Dr.Rajagopal(PhD)

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      4th August 2020 at 4:47 pm

      No problem, we’ll have some information over to you soon!

      Reply

  • nicola weiss

    23rd July 2020 at 9:20 am

    Could I have some information please on becoming a Will Writer, thank you.

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      4th August 2020 at 4:48 pm

      Sure thing, we’ll have some information over to you soon!

      Reply

  • Angela McLaughlin

    29th July 2020 at 7:11 am

    I would like to request an information pack on Will Writing, please. Thank you.

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      4th August 2020 at 4:48 pm

      No problem, we’ll send one over right away!

      Reply

  • Julia Wilkes

    6th August 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Hi, could I have an information pack on will writing if possible please.

    Sincere Thanks in advance.

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      7th August 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Julia,

      No problem – we’ll get some info over right away!

      Anthony

      Reply

  • Paul

    10th August 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Good afternoon. I’m interested to know if many of your members work full-time as Will Writers & Estate Planners.
    I would also like an information pack and full details of your training course(s)

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      10th August 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Paul,

      Most of our members do this is a full-time career, for some it has served as a total career change and they’re making a great success of things. I’ll have our membership team send over some information to you right away. Have a great week!

      Anthony

      Reply

  • Kayley

    17th August 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Hi,

    I have a 2.1 LLB degree, a Master’s in Law and have completed my LPC. Would I please be able to be sent an information pack?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      18th August 2020 at 9:13 am

      Hi Kayley, no problem at all, info pack is on its way!

      Reply

  • Sarah Arora

    10th September 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Hi, can someone send me an information pack. Kind regards, Sarah

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      11th September 2020 at 11:02 am

      Hi Sarah, should be with you now – any questions just get in touch. Thanks!

      Reply

  • Nikki A

    21st September 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I am a qualified solicitor and I want to add will writing as a part time, do I need to be a member of SWW and do I need to do a training before I can write a will?

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      28th September 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Nikki,

      There are no formal requirements to becoming a Will writer but we would of course recommend looking at membership with ourselves to provide you with the support, ongoing training and much more to ensure that you’re doing the job correctly and safely. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch.

      Reply

  • Phinil Thomas

    8th October 2020 at 7:43 pm

    I would like to request some information regarding Will writing course.
    I work as a protection adviser and I would like to offer my clients a Will writing service.

    Kind regard
    Phinil Thomas

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      9th October 2020 at 11:17 am

      Hi Phinil,

      No problem at all, we’ll send some information over.

      Thanks
      Anthony

      Reply

  • Gary M

    25th October 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Anthony, having read the comments above, it seems that most are interested in adding will writing skills to services they already offer. I was encouraged to read your comment that many of your members offer will writing as a stand alone service. Please send me an information pack and if that pack doesn’t approximate how many hours study required to become a competent will writer and achieve your certification, please inform me of such. Thanks.

    Reply

    • Anthony Belcher

      26th October 2020 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Gary,

      I’ve sent you an email.

      Thanks!
      Anthony

      Reply

      • Gary M

        26th October 2020 at 4:55 pm

        Thanks, Anthony. Sam has been in touch. Apologies for the embarrassing (inappropriate) Woody Allen photo, I had no idea it would appear until I’d posted.I presume your blog picked it up from my email address and a blog I’d written about nine years ago. Must both be WordPress blogs? Not really the kind of persona I intended to cultivate. Cringe !!

        Reply

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