Gillhams is among the first in the country to become a member of the Law Society’s new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).
The firm underwent a rigorous application and assessment process by the Law Society to become WIQS accredited, which recognises high quality in will writing, probate and estate administration services.
At the heart of this and other Law Society accreditations is consumer reassurance, demonstrating a commitment to client care and delivering the highest levels of service. Members of WIQS must adhere to the first Law Society Protocol for wills and estate administration. This provides practical guidelines and recommended best practice at all key stages of the wills and probate process.
Managing partner, Russell Caller said: “We are thrilled to join the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme. Our clients can always expect a very high standard of service and can have complete confidence in the work we do for them.
“A poorly drafted will is not a legacy anyone wants to leave their loved ones as it can end up being very expensive and stressful during a sensitive time.”
Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said the WIQS scheme offers greater consumer protection from poorly drafted wills.
“Preparing a will is one of the biggest and most important decisions a person can make. If it isn’t done properly, the consequences can be dire. Thousands of people die every year without making a will or without a properly drafted will.
“Only a solicitor is qualified to make a will which maximises tax saving or planning in estates, as this requires a considerable knowledge of law. Too many people have fallen foul of unregulated will writers and it is usually their loved ones left to sort out the mess in the aftermath. Using a WIQS approved firm provides an additional level of reassurance to consumers that their affairs are in safe hands.”
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