A Kent law firm has become one of the first in the country to be awarded a new kite mark accreditation for the high quality of its wills and inheritance advice.
Cripps Harries Hall, which has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill, Sandwich and London and is one of only sixteen firms in the UK to be accredited under The Law Society’s new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), which ensures best practice for clients.
“Your will is one of the most important financial and personal decisions you will make and it is extremely important that it is legally watertight”, said Cripps’ partner Simon Leney, who is also the chairman of The Law Society’s Private Client Section.
“Currently there is no regulation on will drafting – so in effect anyone can offer the service – and this accreditation will enable clients to distinguish between advisers that are regulated, fully trained and insured and those that aren’t. It is important to use solicitors who are experts in their field and able to deal with the complex issues that can arise.”
All WIQS accredited solicitors have to complete mandatory training on the WIQS standard and show compliance through annual re-accreditation and ongoing enforcement checks by The Law Society.
Notes to editors:
Leading South East law firm Cripps Harries Hall has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill, Sandwich and London. The firm provides a range of legal services to both businesses and individuals: it is nationally recognised for its private client services and for its real estate work. Following its merger with Vertex Law at the end of September 2013 the firm’s corporate practice has grown substantially. Overall the merged firm has 46 partners, an overall headcount of more than 300 and on a combined firm basis its turnover is over £22.7m.
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