The Law Society offers a range of support, guidance, services and information on private client law and practice. 

The Private Client Section

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The Law Society’s Sections are subscription-based services based on your area of practice. The Private Client Section’s support will help you achieve best practice, because it comes from specialist private client solicitors and legal professionals. Our committee of experts works across wills, probate, financial and tax planning, elderly client, trusts, mental capacity and estate administration, and has access to regulators, government and key market influencers, including the Office of the Public Guardian.

Join the Private Client Section for access to CPD-accredited events, magazines and online content, developed and designed by specialist private client practitioners to help you:

  • Learn what is happening in your market
  • Understand what to do about it
  • Network with other practitioners and experts
  • Influence change in the legal landscape

The Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)

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The Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice that consumers can trust.

The scheme design is based on a Wills and Inheritance Protocol that sets client service standards to ensure transparency in process, costs and communications. It outlines required practices for will drafting, probate and estate administration to help address common risks, errors and inconsistencies that arise in delivering advice.

The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook

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The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook is a well-established and popular guide to good practice for solicitors’ firms that undertake probate and estate administration work.

This new seventh edition has been comprehensively updated by leading experts to take account of developments such as:

  • the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014
  • the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013
  • case law on mental capacity and rectification of wills
  • the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Protocol
  • changes to tax law.

New chapters have been written to cover:

  • the interpretation and rectification of wills
  • the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Protocol
  • taking instructions, client care, costs and complaints
  • client care and costs
  • post-death variations.

Features such as checklists, precedents, case commentaries and examples enhance the book’s usefulness to practitioners.

Other information and guidance

The Law Society produces a range of support and guidance related to residential property, including practice notes, advice articles, documents and forms.

Events and webinars

The Law Society runs both on- and offline events in all areas of law, including wills, probate, elderly client, mental capacity, and other private client specialisms.