28 Aug 2015
Plymouth law firm Gard & Co. has become the first in the city to achieve the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) accreditation.
The scheme is intended to help the public make a confident and informed choice of solicitors who follow best practice and procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service.
“By achieving this accreditation we are able to demonstrate to clients and other professionals our continued commitment to offering the best advice on wills, estate planning and inheritance matters,” said Robert Butler, solicitor and partner responsible for the private client team.
Mr Butler, who specialises in wills and trust disputes and is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists, added: “At a time when there are more challenges being made against wills and estates it is important to get the best advice. People should not only make sure their will is a valid, and therefore enforceable, expression of their wishes but also that advice has been given on clauses in wills that could be open to challenge. A will remains one of the most important documents a person will make and, sadly, those that do not seek advice from someone fully qualified often leave complex and expensive problems for loved ones to resolve.”
He said the recent case of Ilott v Mitson, where a woman cut out of her mother’s will was awarded £164,000 in a landmark ruling, is a good example of a situation where complex family dynamics and developing judicial opinion highlight the need for up-to-date expertise in will drafting.
Senior partner Steven Hudson said: “I’m delighted Gard & Co. is the first firm in the city to achieve the WIQS accreditation. It is a huge honour and recognition of the considerable experience and dedication of those involved.”
This article was first published in the Herald 12th August 2015