The Law Society has accredited the first group of law firms to its new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). So far, more than 40 firms have been accredited, with this number increasing as applications are processed by the Law Society.
The scheme, which opened for applications last October, is aimed at SRA-regulated practices that offer will drafting, probate, and estate administration services. Accreditation provides these firms with the opportunity to demonstrate to consumers and key stakeholders their commitment to the highest standards of client service.
Firms have undergone a rigorous assessment to gain the WIQS accreditation. They will also be required to undertake compulsory training, self-reporting, random audits, and annual reviews in order to maintain their new status.
Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said: “WIQS is an important tool in reinforcing the importance of using a solicitor for will-writing and estate management. It offers reassurance to consumers and helps law firms stand out in an increasingly crowded market.
“Anyone can set themselves up as a will-writer, but only a law firm with qualified solicitors meeting high standards can be a member of WIQS. Accredited firms can use the branding to promote their business, while consumers can make informed choices about who is best placed to write their will or administer probate.”