How to apply
Our Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) accreditation is a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice.
To apply for initial accreditation, your practice will need to:
- appoint a senior responsible officer (SRO)
- submit an application form
The accreditation process takes around 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.
Step 1: Read the Core Practice Management Standards
Check that your practice meets the Core Practice Management Standards (PDF 75 KB).
Step 2: Appoint an SRO
The SRO is the person accountable to us for making sure that your practice complies with the scheme rules.
Step 3: Read the guidance
Before beginning the application, the SRO must read the:
Step 4: Apply for DBS checks
The SRO, head of department and other relevant persons will need to apply for a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
A DBS check can take up to six weeks. You should apply as soon as possible, as your application will be refused if you fail to complete the process.
We can accept an existing DBS if it’s less than 12 months old when we receive your application.
Step 5: Complete the form
The SRO must complete the application form (Word 502 KB) for the practice.
Each additional relevant person must complete a separate application form:
- new SRO or head of wills, probate and estate administration (Word 1.4 MB)
- additional managers (Word 1.2 MB)
- additional solicitors and chartered legal executives (Word 1.2 MB)
- additional non-qualified practitioners (Word 1.2 MB)
- additional accounts staff (Word 1.2 MB)
Step 6: Submit the application
Your practice’s application is made up of:
- the application form
- any additional application forms for relevant persons
Do not send files larger than 18 MB. If necessary, send your supporting documents in separate emails.
Step 7: Pay the fee
We’ll send you an invoice when we receive your application.
The fee will vary depending on the size of your practice.
Step 8: Accreditation
Our accreditation team will assess and review your application.
We’ll let you know the outcome of your application once we’ve received your payment.
If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll refund your membership fee.
You may appeal against the decision.
Read our appeals policy
Once accredited, the SRO and all relevant persons must complete mandatory training.
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