The scheme provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice given by law firms. It sets service standards to ensure transparency in process, costs and communications.
Langleys’ reaccreditation comes as latest figures reveal two in three UK residents do not have a will. Charity Macmillan Cancer Support’s figures also show a quarter of wills have not been updated for at least five years.
Without an up-to-date will, the law could supersede a person’s final wishes and leave possessions, money and property to someone they may not have chosen.
Amanda Voakes, a partner in the private client team at Langleys Solicitors, said: “The WIQS reaccreditation demonstrates Langleys’ commitment to the highest standards of service and advice to clients in relation to will preparation and associated advice, including inheritance tax and estate planning.
“We would always advise people to seek expert guidance in the preparation of a will. Homemade wills are often vague, especially if they are handwritten, and can fail to make clear the intentions of the signatory.
“Seeking advice from lawyers who are experts in wills, trusts and estates will deliver a properly drafted will and take into account the circumstances of the testator and their chosen beneficiaries.”
Macmillan’s research included a survey of 2,000 adults which revealed a number of ‘will blunders’. These included, one in five wills still including an ex-partner and not yet including children or grandchildren. One in ten people with wills said they were planning to update them to include children and grandchildren but ‘had not yet got around to it’.
Amanda added: “We recommend that clients review their wills every three to five years and on certain milestones in their lives to ensure that their wills accurately reflect their current wishes and family circumstances.”