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