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Law Society to Launch Will Writing and Probate Accreditation Scheme

The Law Society intends to introduce an accreditation scheme for Will writing and probate specialists, similar to its existing scheme for conveyancers, it emerged earlier this month.

At its private client annual conference the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales called on the profession to examine the possibility of exploiting Will banks to compete with new players on the market and suggested that collective efforts involving other service providers such as undertakers may be needed.

While using a probate solicitor's advice and guidance in matters related to Wills is definitely advantageous, being a solicitor is no longer considered to be enough, according to the speech prepared by the Law Society's chief executive Desmond Hudson and delivered by legal policy director Mark Stobbs.

The Law Society said the launch of a Will writing and probate accreditation and marketing scheme would ensure that scheme members maintain high specialist competency, knowledge and service standards.

The probate and Will writing scheme is expected to go live in early 2013, a spokeswoman for the Society said.  The organisation launched its recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing solicitor practices, the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), in February 2011.