Achieving the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) accreditation involves the submission of an application form and subsequent assessment. Completion of mandatory training is also required. The WIQS accreditation is awarded for 12 months, with annual re-accreditation to ensure compliance.
How to apply
Step 1: Preparation and application
If you do not have Lexcel or CQS, your practice must ensure that you meet the required Core Practice Management Standards (PDF 75kb).
Appoint a senior responsible officer (SRO) who should read the scheme rules (PDF 417kb) and Wills and Inheritance Protocol (PDF 360kb), and send the application form (Word 502kb) to us. A separate application form must be completed for each additional relevant person.
We are unable to process any applications that are not fully completed. Please refer to the detailed guidance notes to help you complete the form.
When emailing your application, please ensure that your email and any attachments do not exceed 18mb. If necessary, please send any supporting documentation in separate emails.
Step 2: Assessment and award of accreditation
Your application will be validated and assessed by the Law Society. This process takes around six to eight weeks. If your application is unsuccessful, you may appeal (PDF 433kb).
An annual flat-rate membership fee is payable for the practice together with an application fee for the SRO and each relevant person included in the application. See the WIQS accreditation fees page for full details.
Marketing guidance and support
Accredited firms receive a welcome pack that provides practical ideas and sample content for use in your own marketing programmes.
Online marketing is the main method by which we promote WIQS and increase general awareness among the public. Marketing messages focus on explaining the quality standard, and how it helps consumers to find and choose a qualified solicitor with confidence to help them draft a will that reflects their needs and protects their interests. The WIQS logo is also shown against every accredited practice on the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor website.
Help and support
Download frequently asked questions about the WIQS application process (PDF 270kb)
If you have any additional questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact the accreditation office for guidance:
Phone: 020 7316 5550