Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)
What is the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme?
The Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) is the Law Society’s quality standard for wills, probate and estate administration practices. Practices holding WIQS accreditation may benefit from a reduction in claims and protection of the firm’s reputation.
WIQS requires compliance with two key pillars:
- Core Practice Management Standards
The WIQS Core Practice Management Standards define quality management procedures in five key areas:
- Risk Management
- Financial Management
- Information Management
- Client Care
- File & Case Management
The WIQS Protocol outlines practices to be followed across eight key aspects of wills, probate and estate administration work:
- Will drafting
- General estate administration
- Special aspects of administration
- Advising on variation of dispositions
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- General practice policies
- Will drafting practice policies
- Estate administration practice policies
How We Can Help
We can assist practices with the application process for initial or re-accreditation, or notifying the Law Society of the appointment of new key personnel at the firm. We can also help practices ensure that their firm’s policies and processes meet the Core Practice Management Standards, including ensuring that all client care letters and other templates are compliant.
The price for this service depends upon the size of the firm and the precise scope of the service.