At InHouse you don’t just deal with an instruction taker who works from a limited
set of options. You meet with Peter Wood - an experienced Will writer and Probate
consultant who can advise you about a wide range of choices - from simple Wills to
complex estate planning and Will trusts and who then personally drafts the document(s)
to meet your requirements.
InHouse Wills is the trading name of Peter Wood, based on the outskirts of Leicester,
in Leicester Forest East.
“In 2003 I was trained by one of the country’s largest Will writing organisations,
as an ‘instruction taker’ - visiting clients at home to let them choose from a menu
of Will options. However I quickly realised that although the technical training
I had received was fine, I could not agree with the way the firm treated its clients
- such as offering cheap Wills but then overcharging with annual charges for Will
storage, or charging them up-front for a Probate service they might never use. Hence
I became independent, under the name of InHouse Wills. Working for myself I can ensure
that I treat my clients as I would wish to be treated myself and I am not restricted
by corporate rules or ways of thinking.”
Initially InHouse was a very active member of the Society of Will Writers (SWW),
who provided ongoing training, conferences and a forum to swap ideas with fellow
professionals. However, in April 2010 membership was moved across to the Institute
of Professional Willwriters(IPW), in preparation for the Office of Fair Trading
(OFT) approving the IPW’s Code of Practice (this approval and ongoing monitoring
now comes under the Trading Standards Institute).
“No Code of Practice is perfect, but the IPW sets a high standard to help protect
all consumers and I wanted to play my part in that.”
Included in the IPW Code of Practice is a requirement to keep up to date with at
least 20 hours each year of relevant Continuing Professional Development. Members
must also have in place Professional Indemnity Insurance, for the protection of clients’
interests. InHouse Wills is registered under the Data Protection Act and conforms
with Money Laundering regulations.
“In 2004 I was approached by Kings Court Trust Corporation, to become one of their
first Probate consultants as they developed their leading national Probate and Estate
Administration service. The additional training and practical experience showed me
just how the Wills that I write are put into practice. It also let me see the good
and bad points of hundreds of Wills drafted by solicitors or other Will writers.
As a result I have an invaluable insight into creating the best Will today to protect
your family’s inheritance in the future.”
More recently InHouse Wills has taken to working with other selected solicitors and
specialists. These allow InHouse clients to take advantage of additional services
which can enhance the operation of their Will and improve their family’s overall
estate planning. All Will writing, Probate and Lasting Power of Attorney services
are available via a home visit.
Recently I have acted as an examiner for the IPW, testing those taking the basic
Will writing course to assess their ability to interview clients, provide suitable
advice and then draft an appropriate Will.
Following appropriate further training I am now also affiliated to the Association
of Community Funeral Advisers. This allows me to assist clients and their families
in planning a funeral, to ensure that it is personal to the individual without having
to cost a fortune.