InHouse Wills & Probate is a member of the IPW. Feel free to contact the IPW to check
But why is membership important? - we explain here.
Trading Standards Institute approves
IPW Code of Practice
It was back in June 2010 that the Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW) was
able to announce that it had achieved approval for its Code of Practice from the
Office of Fair Trading (OFT). However, with the winding up of the OFT the Consumer
Codes Approval Scheme needed a new body to run it and from 1st April 2013 it moved
across to the Trading Standards Institute. The IPW’s Code of Practice remains the
only code for legal services to receive this approval.
The IPW is a professional body for Will writers, regulating its members providing
consumers with Will writing services and related services. The Code of Practice means
that using an IPW member (such as InHouse Wills) you will receive a level of service
that is higher than the law requires, setting standards for Will writing that most
other law firms do not reach. Amongst many other conditions IPW code members must:
not just pass an initial entrance exam and also to keep up to date via relevant ongoing
professional training every year;
provide consumers with a minimum seven day cooling off period;
complete work within strict time frames, agreed with the client;
maintain appropriate professional indemnity insurance;
provide consumers with access to a low cost, independent redress scheme in case things
IPW - 20 years and counting: 2011 saw the 20th anniversary of the founding of the
Institute of Professional Willwriters. Membership continues to grow each year, particularly
boosted by the approval of the IPW Code of Practice which is now approved by the
Trading Standards Institute.
A Will is probably the most valuable document that you create, dealing not just with
everything that you own but also able to make decisions about guardians for young
children and create Trusts that can benefit your family for many generations to come.
As such you need to have full confidence in the service that you use; as an IPW member
we comply with the IPW Code of Practice which is approved by the Trading Standards