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About InHouse Wills

At InHouse you deal directly with an experienced Will writer and Probate consultant. You are advised about a wide range of choices - from simple Wills to complex estate planning and Will trusts. Documents  are drafted to meet your individual requirements.

InHouse Wills is the trading name of Peter Wood, based on the outskirts of Leicester on the borders of Anstey and Glenfield.

“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. For example, they offered cheap Wills but then overcharged with annual fees for Will storage, or charged clients 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 want to be treated myself and I am not restricted by corporate rules or ways of thinking.”

Initially Peter 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 Chartered 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.”

In recent times 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.

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Currently Peter acts as an examiner for the IPW. The examination assesses those taking the basic Will writing course to check their ability to interview clients, provide suitable advice and then draft an appropriate Will. In addition he helps to train and support for those entering the Will writing profession. At the IPW’s AGM in 2014 he was given a “Willwriter of the Year” award in recognition of the advice and guidance provided to fellow professionals.

Following appropriate further training Peter is now also affiliated to the Association of Community Funeral Advisers. This allows him 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.

Peter has been interviewed for the “In Depth” feature on BBC Radio Leicester’s Ben Jackson Show and contributed to the station’s Monica Winfield Show.

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