Expert provider of digital estate planning solutions Arken.legal  has been announced as the sponsor of the first ever Today’s Wills and Probate Industry Champion Award. The award seeks to recognise an individual who has made both an exceptional and inspiring contribution to the industry throughout what has been a year like no other.
The award is unique in that unlike other categories of The British Wills & Probate Awards, which are decided by a panel of judges, the nomination process and public vote for the Industry Champion award will be open to industry professionals, who will be given the opportunity to honour those who have provided extraordinary support to the wills and probate industry, in addition to the following criteria:
- Putting clients’ interests at the forefront of everything they do
- Transitioning effectively to a remote working environment
- Overcoming challenges with minimal disruption to the outcome of their work
Nominations  for the award opened on 21 May, and will close 11 June. The shortlist, comprised by the judging panel will be released 30 August. Industry voting will then remain open until 27 September, ahead of the October ceremony when the winner will be announced.
Arken.legal is fully committed to the discovery and implementation of legal sector innovation, so the decision to celebrate the efforts of exceptional individuals within the industry was perfectly aligned with its mission to optimise the work of wills and probate professionals.
With a legacy in pre-death innovation, Arken.legal is the industry’s leading digital estate planning platform, offering a one-stop-shop for legal services firms operating in estate planning and Will writing, to manage their full workload via best-in-class tech solutions, and enabling clients to grow their business, maximise profitability, and manage risk and compliance.
Dave Newick, CEO of Arken.legal says: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the brand-new Industry Champion Award – which shines a spotlight on those that have gone that extra mile for the sector; those that push boundaries for the better. These ambitious and innovative qualities really resonate and align with all that Arken stands for. We are honoured to sponsor such an important award, voted for by the industry. Champions come in a number of guises, with many too humble to shout about their successes. It’s up to the industry to highlight these individuals and celebrate their achievements.”
Karen Babington, Director of Today’s Wills and Probate says: “We introduced the British Wills and Probate awards four years ago to recognise and reward industry professionals within the sector. Each year we ask ourselves, and you, how we can seek to involve more people who work within wills and probate. After much consideration and consultation, we are over the moon to introduce the Today’s Wills and Probate Industry Champion Award which will now be awarded via your industry vote.”
Arken offers intelligent, intuitive solutions to legal firms in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa involved in bereavement management and pre-death administration.