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Call for Regulation of Probate Providers

Claims of fraud and over-charging

The Consumer Panel of the Legal Services Board has recommended that probate and administration services should be regulated and all providers made subject to "fit and proper checks". At the moment anyone can charge for helping to obtain probate an to administer an estate. The panel is suggesting that criminal records and bankruptcy records be checked and that the Legal Ombudsman should oversee complaints.

The concern is not to create a monopoly for solicitors or other traditional providers. The Panel believes there are numerous problems associated with unregulated providers including fraud, poor service, high costs and poor quality of work.

The call for regulation follows a similar call last year relating to the regulation of will-writing services which was backed by the Law Society and STEPS, amongst others.

The full report is available here.

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