The Society of Will Writers







The Society of Will Writers is a non-profit making self-regulatory organisation which seeks to protect the public and serve the interests of those men and women who are active professionals in our field.

The Society was founded in 1994 and has since grown to become not only the largest, but also the leading self-regulatory body governing Will Writers and Estate Planners alike. We have over 1,700 members across the UK, Europe and further afield in places such as Asia and Africa.

The Society has set itself two main tasks:

  1. To promote to the public at large the real need and sense in having a valid Will;
  2. To act as a self-regulatory body by vetting practitioners through stringent membership requirements, proficiency standards and ongoing training.

The designatory letters of the Society’s grades:

  • SWW
  • MSWW
  • ASWW
  • FSWW
  • SWW

Each membership grade denotes its holders experience and is an assurance to the public that the professional they are engaging with is trained, insured and SWW code compliant.

Being a member of the Society grants access to a whole host of exclusive benefits such as use of our logos, web listings, industry discounts and services offered from our partner organisations. We also support our members

We encourage consumers not to be afraid to ask the will writer if he or she is a member of the Society. Why risk your entire estate to be dealt with under a Will drawn up by anyone other than a trained professional?

through ongoing training, regional groups and conferences, as well as a having a fully staffed technical advice team to answer queries ranging in all levels of complexity.

Most importantly of all, members are given a voice to help us steer the profession in the right direction when we meet with organisations such as the Legal Services Board and other industry stakeholders.

Partner News

The SWW 28 years on

The Society of Will Writers and Estate Planning Practitioners began as an idea amongst five business owners who had a vision of creating a totally independent representative body for will writers. Launching the SWW in April 1994 played a vital role in kickstarting the estate planning profession at a time when there was no easily […]Read More

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Taking Instructions Remotely

Coronavirus: Important Bulletin At The Society of Will Writers, we are keeping a close eye on how the situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) develops and we understand the concern that this may cause to you, as well as the impact it is having with how businesses negotiate the ways in which they operate. It is likely […]Read More

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Thinking Ahead To 2019

The team at the Society of Will Writers (SWW) are planning ahead well into 2019. We’ve set college dates for courses, we’re pleased to announce the conference dates are the 7th and 8th October next year and we have even chosen a new venue – The Hilton Hotel at East Midlands Airport with easy access […]Read More


The October event not to be missed

Book now to avoid disappointment. The Society of Will Writers annual Estate Planning conference is getting closer and spaces are filling up. For the last three years we’ve seen record numbers at the event, all drawn in by expert speakers, key topics and great exhibitors. This year promises to be no different. The event will […]Read More

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The College of Will Writing

The College of Will Writing (CWW) is the training arm for the Society of Will Writers (SWW). For over 24 years the College of Will Writing has been providing training courses for thousands of people who are considering Will Writing either as an add-on to their existing business or as a new career opportunity. Very […]Read More

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Will writing software to die for..

There is plenty of software that will enable you to draft Wills and other associated legal documents but only one that is supported and endorsed by the Society of Will Writers. Sure Will Writer – Professional Will Suite is available to all Will Writers, Solicitors and estate planning professionals for an affordable fixed monthly fee. […]Read More