During May, The National Will Register celebrated Free Will Registration Month urging the will-writing public as well as the legal sector to register their Wills to protect testators wishes and provide certainty that the valid and most recent Will can be found when it is needed.
Hopkins Solicitors is one of the firms who registered their wills archive with The National Will Register last month during Free Will Registration Month. Tammy Butler of Hopkins Solicitors shared her firm’s thoughts behind the importance of having their Wills registered:
“As legal professionals our job is to help clients ensure that they have legally documented all of their personal wishes, whether those are related to financial assets or quite often wishes that may hold no financial value but hold enormous emotional value.”
“Our clients spend a lot of time thinking about everything from what song will be played at their funeral, if they will be cremated and where their ashes are to be spread, who will care for their children or pets, who will receive which heirlooms and who will be the Executors and manage their estate.”
“Although our clients are given a copy of their Will, in a clearly marked folder to store at home, that doesn’t guarantee that many years later a friend or family member will find it after they pass on. If they don’t find it, they won’t know to come to us to ask for the original and officially signed Will, meaning none of those wishes are going to actually be carried out.”
“It’s critical in this electronic day and age that Wills are registered in a central database, so that when someone dies the family can easily search to see if a Will has been registered in their name, and if it has, which law firm is storing the original.”
For more information about registering your firm’s Will database or on the importance of Certainty Will Search for your firm, do contact us using our contact form and we will discuss this with you.