Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme

WIQS logoOur Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) accreditation is a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice.

WIQS can help to minimise your practice’s risk of claims and protect your brand’s reputation. By joining the scheme, you’ll demonstrate that you:

  • have the expertise to deliver wills and inheritance advice
  • use standardised processes to recognise and reduce risks
  • educate clients about what to expect when buying wills and inheritance advice
  • benefit from our training and marketing programmes

It can help you to win more business and increase client satisfaction by making you stand out against generalists or providers with infrequent experience.

Eligibility

WIQS is designed for practices that:

You must be able to demonstrate compliance with the Wills and Inheritance Protocol (PDF 360 KB). This may involve amending existing policies to meet the requirements.

How to apply

To apply for accreditation, your practice will need to:

  • appoint a senior responsible officer (SRO)
  • submit an application form

The accreditation process takes approximately six to eight weeks. It can take longer if we receive high volumes of applications or if you do not give us all the information we need.

Find out how to apply

Training

All relevant persons must complete mandatory training within six months of the date that your practice receives confirmation of accreditation.

Find out more about mandatory training

Re-accreditation

Membership of the accreditation lasts for 12 months.

You should apply to be re-accredited up to six weeks before your accreditation expires.

Find out more about re-accreditation

Cost

You’ll need to pay an application fee and a membership fee to be accredited.

We’ll send you an invoice for these when we receive your application.

Application Practice size Application fee per SRO/relevant staff Membership fee Total (including VAT)
Initial application Sole practitioner £0 £350 £420 
Initial application  All other practices £30 £350 £456* 
Re-accreditation Sole practitioner £0 £368 £441.60
Re-accreditation All other practices £32 £368 £480*

*We've calculated the total based on one applicant. The cost will vary depending on the number of relevant staff included in your application.

Other fees Cost Total (including VAT)
Certificate re-issue £10 £12
Appeal against decision to refused accreditation £258 £309.60

Promoting your accreditation

We send accredited firms a welcome pack with practical ideas and sample content you can use in your marketing programmes.

You can also order a range of free materials such as logos, certificates and window stickers.

Get your Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme logo

Order promotional materials

Membership

Find a Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme member

This database is updated regularly.

Contact us

Call: 020 7316 5550

Email: wiqs@lawsociety.org.uk

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday