A Doncaster law firm is among the first in the country to become a member of a new quality scheme.
Malcolm C. Foy & Co Limited, with offices in Doncaster and Rotherham, underwent a rigorous application and assessment process by the Law Society to become Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme accredited, which recognises high quality in will writing, probate and estate administration services.
So far, just twenty firms in England and Wales have been accredited to the scheme.
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.
Senior Director Malcolm Foy said: “We are thrilled to join the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme. Our clients can expect a high standard of service and have 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.”