Dear Reader, The Christmas songs keep on telling us that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. For most hopefully it is, but for many people and families especially, the loss of a parent, husband or wife, child, brother or sister or close friend during the preceding year can be a time of…

When distributing gifts made in a Will what happens if there is are missing beneficiaries? This short article explains: Personal Representatives (PRs) have a duty to ensure that the estate is distributed to the correct beneficiaries. This involves first ascertaining who those beneficiaries even are, in the case of a gift made to a group…

Understanding the term ‘Domicile’ by Siobhan Rattigan, Society of Will Writers It’s technically not possible to be domiciled in the UK as the UK consists of the three legal jurisdictions: England & Wales, Northern Island and Scotland. A person domiciled in the UK can be domiciled in any one of these countries but for ease…

  Those entering the Will Writing industry with little or no experience are often shocked by the magnitude of work and liability they can be faced with when they take on clients. It’s not just a case of writing their Will or assisting with an LPA. As well as the mammoth task of preparing documents…

The Society of Will Writers turns 23 this year! In April of 1994 five gentleman including the current Director General, Brian McMillan started a trade association for Will Writers. Over the last 23 years the SWW has grown to become the largest and most respected organisation of it’s type. This organisation still has the same…

What happens to your business if you were to die? Have you ever given thought to what would happen to your business if something should happen to you? No one wants to think about their own mortality least of all me, but I do accept that I am faced with risks on a daily basis.…

DIY Wills You could of course write your own Will. In fact, high street stationary shops will even sell you a kit to enable you to do so. But whilst the low cost of these DIY Will kits may seem very appealing at first, the £10 you spend writing one now could in fact cost…

The Society of Will Writers is the primary self-regulatory body for the Will Writing industry. This means we provide a regulatory framework for our members who are active professionals in our field. As an SWW member they have to provide us with proof of insurance, they must adhere to our Code of Practice and must…

The Society of Will Writers are continuing to educate the consumer on the need for a valid Will. This was a commitment that we made to the Legal Services Board following the then Lord Chancellors decision (2013) not to enforce statutory regulation. Instead he called for stronger self-regulation and better consumer education. Something that we…