When the Society of Will Writers opened its doors in April of 1994 it had a relatively simple objective – ‘To be a representative body whilst providing protection to the consumer’. 23 years on, the SWW has grown to become the largest organisation of its type providing a regulatory framework to over 1700 members. Every…

  In 2013 the then Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, called for stronger self-regulation as opposed to statutory regulation. Following this The Society of Will Writers have introduced members’ principles which sit beside the Code of Practice. On top of this the SWW introduced a ‘Safe to do business with’ logo. This can be used by…

Will Writing is a great opportunity and often attracts a multitude of people from financial advisors, mortgage brokers, bank workers, accountants, law graduates as well as ex-service personnel to name a few professions.   Those joining the profession are often shocked by the number of services they can offer their prospective clients and the realistic…

Yesterday the Conservative party released their manifesto. Among their proposed policies were new changes to social care that Estate Planning Practitioners should be aware of. The first proposed change is to the threshold at which a person will become responsible for self-funding. Currently is a person has assets over £23,250 they must fully self-fund their…

The sad truth is that there is one thing that we can never escape and that is death. Following the death of a loved one closing down someones Facebook is almost certainly never going to be on the top of the agenda but in the social age it’s likely to become a consideration. With over…

Increased Probate Fees Scrapped   Earlier this year the Government announced plans to increase probate fees from 1 May 2017 by introducing a sliding scale of fees based on the value of the estate. Fees were due to rise from £215, or £155 if the application is made by a solicitor, up to a maximum…

Are you looking for a new career? Have you ever wanted to set up and run your own business? Wanting to start a Will Writing business?Then the SWW may have just the answer. Why not become a member of The Society of Will Writers and start your own Will Writing business? According to recent figures,…

The Legal Services Board have this morning released a press release following the Competition and Markets Authority study into legal services. The Society of Will Writers as a trade body was heavily involved in the study, with SWW’s Director General Brian McMillan attending a number of meetings to help provide a balanced view into the…

Secret and Half-Secret Trusts Once admitted to probate a Will becomes available for the public to view. So then how would a testator benefit a person by his Will while keeping this disposition concealed? Enter the “secret trust”. A secret trust arises where a testator leaves property to a person (A) in his Will, but…

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