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Why you should use regulated professionals when writing a Will

A Somerset-based will-writer is facing a lengthy jail sentence after being found guilty of several charges of fraud by abuse of position in relation to a power of attorney, fraud by abuse of position as sole executor of a will and theft by Bristol Crown Court.

Keith Webber defrauded 4 of his elderly clients of £280,000. His first victim was his own sister-in-law and her husband whom he persuaded to grant him power of attorney over their affairs. He then conned them into giving him large sums of money, as well as charging overpriced fees that continued after their deaths.

He also prepared wills for clients appointing himself as executor and his wife main beneficiary.

The other victims were two elderly ladies living in Surbiton in London.

This case highlights the importance of using regulated professionals for such matters to ensure that you and your family’s best interests are looked after. If you would like any advice on writing a Will, contact Kirsten Boardman our Wills specialist.

Kirsten is a Student member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, member of the Private Client Section of the Law Society and member of Solicitors for the Elderly. To speak to Kirsten about your requirements you can call her on 0800 1979 345.

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