In the early days, the media and other 'professions' made much of the fact that there was little or no training or education for Will Writers and that many were 'unqualified'. Still today in some circles that may be true, but the Society of Will Writers was founded the College of Will Writing in 1994 to address this matter.
In the absence of statutory regulation, and recently the Lord Chancellor in a White Paper stated again that he did not feel that there were sufficient problems to regulate the Will Writing profession. The Society and the College stand together to ensure that the consumer is at the heart of all what they do and their role is to protect the public from unscrupulous practices. And whilst training and education alone will not stop these dealings, membership of the Society will give the Will Writer the credence and instil in the consumer the confidence that the bearer of the Society's designatory letters is 'safe to do business with'.
Our professional qualifications as the Wills Specialists allow us to not write just Wills, our services include estate planning, inheritance tax advice, severence of joint tenancy, trusts and secure Will storage.
It has been an aim of the Society and the College to standardise training with minimum standards of education throughout the membership and the profession. Member companies who employ consultants and carry out their own in-house training can request to have their training and trainers vetted by the College to become accredited courses and trainers and thereby carry the approval of the Society of Will Writers. The College can also carry out the examination if required ensuring that successful candidates will receive a College endorsed certificate as a public demonstration of their achievement and competence.