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Wills Accreditation for Cumbria Solicitors

Wills Accreditation for Cumbria Solicitors

Burnetts has become one of the first law firms in Cumbria to become accredited for its expertise in wills and inheritance advice. 

Burnetts has become one of the first law firms in Cumbria to become accredited for its expertise in wills and inheritance advice. 

Burnetts is the first firm in North and West Cumbria to receive the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQs) Accreditation which was awarded following a rigorous assessment of the practice’s procedures and knowledge of this specialist field. 

The WIQs Accreditation scheme was introduced in September 2013 to provide a best practice quality mark for wills and probate advice and to help guide consumers to advisers who are regulated, insured and specially trained. 

Emma Baker, an Associate Solicitor in Burnetts’ Wills and Trusts team managed the accreditation process. She said, “We have been keen to see an accreditation scheme for wills and probate advice for many years and when WIQs was launched, we applied straightaway. There is currently no regulation surrounding will drafting, so anyone is able to write a will and hold themselves out as an expert.  The consequences of a poorly drafted will can be a legal minefield for loved ones or, even worse, distressing family rifts.  WIQs accredited lawyers, like the team at Burnetts, will make certain your will is legally watertight.” 

As part of the approval process, accredited firms sign up to a Client Charter, promising to ensure that clients understand their options, receive advice that meets their needs and provide a quality service. 

Emma said, “Often clients looking for advice on wills and probate are elderly and vulnerable, so it is really important to have in place an accreditation scheme which will ensure they are can easily find advisers they can trust.” 

Burnetts’ WIQs accredited lawyers include Head of Trusts Martyn Wrightson, Emma and Gill Box.  Carlisle-born Martyn has been a Partner at Burnetts for thirty years and has specialised in wills and probate advice throughout. He has a particular expertise in advising on complex family trusts and farming inheritance issues. Solicitor Emma Baker joined Burnetts in 2006 and Gill Box has been a Probate Administrator in the team for more than a decade. 

WIQs Accreditation is only open to law firms hat are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 

More information on Burnetts’ WIQs accreditation can be found at www.burnetts.co.uk 

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4th April 2014

Note to editor: 

For more information on the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme visit: http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/AboutWIQs

Published: Friday 4th April 2014
Categorised: Wills, Probate & Trusts

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