The Law Society Gazette has reported that Which? have entered the wills market via a link to Blake Lapthorn. This is nothing to be surprised about really, as Which? seem to have taken an affront to solicitors for many years (unsurprising really with some of the shocking cases they have uncovered in the same time) and have been running a legal help service for some time to assist with consumer claims. What is surprising is the price – it must mean that Blake Lapthorn are hoping for mass volume on the service, as the price is £89 and £129 for single and mirror wills.
Could we be seeing the start of a move from volume conveyancing into volume wills & probate? I know that some firms have been eyeing up the market – not law firms, but IFA firms and insurance brokers – as we have been approached to find what can only be termed salesmen rather than fee earners. The probate work is kept in house and done by a sole practitioner working as a law firm but in effect an in house department.
Is there such a market out there?
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