Solicitors have been backed as the best option to ensure that wishes written into wills are met. In a survey by Will Aid, a partnership between the legal profession and top charities, 62% of respondents said they prefer to use a solicitor to manage their will.

According to Will Aid’s research, 62% of people who made a will last year used a solicitor and 12% a will-writer. A further 9% made a homemade will while others used DIY kits or banks or high street services.

The research also revealed that the public were generally unaware of the rules and regulations governing will-writers and that will-writers can practise without proper training, regulation or insurance.