The Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is a world-wide organisation and the professional body for practitioners in the areas of Trusts and Estates (probate), Executorships, Will writing and related matters.
STEP promotes high professional standards through education and training. A STEP qualified solicitor has to go through rigorous examinations in the core subjects before attaining STEP membership. STEP boasts sixteen thousand world wide members with four thousand members in the UK. Dealing with high net estates or even simple ones can prove complex.
Many organisations offering a “cheap fix” are unregulated and unqualified. There have been many reports of people receiving incorrect advice, their wills being wrongly drafted, insufficient or no tax advice, overcharging and firms going bust and closing overnight often taking the Wills with them. You should carefully check the credentials of any organisation who offer to do this type of specialist work before you instruct them.
Everyone should have a properly drafted and executed Will in place.You should feel safe in the knowledge that a solicitor, who is STEP qualified and has the necessary technical knowledge and expertise, can give your family peace of mind by having a Will in place that serves its purpose.