|Scam will writer jailed
Wigan Borough residents are being urged to be vigilant when taking out wills, as many have fallen victim to the bad practice of Wigan businessman Samuel Eaton. The recent prosecution of Samuel Eaton, 66, of Towndam Lane, Spalding, Lincolnshire has seen Wigan Council receive a number of enquiries from concerned elderly residents seeking advice.
Samuel Eaton, who operated under two company names in the borough, The Pensioners Association and The Senior Citizen Advice Centre, was convicted of offences under The Consumer Protection Regulations 2008 and was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to eight months imprisonment and fined almost £4,000.
Residents who have had Wills, Powers of Attorney and Trusts drafted by one of Mr Eatonís companies, have contacted Trading Standards after seeing the press coverage of the case and are concerned that their documents may not be properly drafted.
Julie Middlehurst, Wigan Council Trading Standards and Licensing Group Manager said:
ďWe would advise anyone who has concerns about legal documents they have had drafted by someone other than a qualified solicitor, to get them checked out to make sure that the information included is correct.
"If a will is badly drafted, the person who made the will may never know, as problems would normally only come to light after their death, this would mean the personís wishes werenít being carried out. Also beneficiaries of the will would incur the legal costs of taking the will before a court for the court to decide on the makerís wishes and intentions.
"Most people donít realise that anyone can set themselves up as a will writer, you donít need any qualifications or experience.
"If you want to make a will, or check that the will you have is properly made, we advise that you contact a member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers or a firm of solicitors who is a member of the Law Societyís Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme.Ē
The Institute of Professional Will Writers can be contacted on 0345 257 2570 and the Law Society on 020 7320 5650.