Date lodged: 10 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether cost is an obstacle to encouraging people to arrange a will.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 22 November 2017
The Scottish Government does not have a view on whether cost is an obstacle to encouraging people to arrange a will. The fee charged is a matter for the legal profession or other organisations offering a will making service.
It should be noted that a number of trade unions offer free or heavily discounted will writing services to their members and some home or car insurance legal cover includes a will service.
Will Aid is a UK wide scheme which runs every November in which participating solicitors provide basic wills in exchange for a donation to charity - https://www.willaid.org.uk/. It is a matter for legal professionals whether or not they participate in the scheme.
Will Relief Scotland operates every September - https://www.willreliefscotland.co.uk/. Participating solicitors in Scotland waive their fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite the client to make a donation to the Will Relief Scotland charities. Again it is a matter for legal professionals whether or not they participate in the scheme.
In addition, a number of charities operate free will drafting services in the hope of receiving a bequest.