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Wills and inheritance

  • If you care about what happens to your loved ones, property and other assets after you die, you should make a will. Without one, the government decides who inherits, so your relatives, friends or even your favourite charity may not benefit from your legacy.

    When making a will it is vital that you get advice you can rely on. The Law Society's Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) is the recognised quality mark for legal experts in drafting wills and dealing with your estate after your death.

    A will is vital to help protect your assets, especially if you:

    • Are getting married or divorced.
    • Are already married or in a civil partnership.
    • Have children or dependents.
    • Own all or part of a business.
    • Want to set up a trust or undertake efficient tax planning.
    • Live in the UK but have assets overseas.

    Why choose a WIQS accredited practice?

    WIQS is only open to law firms and other organisations that are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. As a minimum the senior responsible officer or head of department must have at least three years' experience of will drafting or estate administration.

    WIQS accredited practices must follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in accordance with the WIQS Client Charter. In particular, accredited firms and organisations should:

    1. not pressure you into buying more complex advice that is not in your best interests
    2. provide a wills and probate service tailored to your needs. The process, options, costs and likely timescales will be explained to you
    3. keep you up-to-date using your preferred method of communication
    4. complete mandatory training on the WIQS standard as well as show continual compliance through annual re-accreditation and ongoing enforcement checks by the Law Society

    Read the full Client Service Charter for the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme.