The National Will Register


Certainty the National Will Register providing Will Registration and Will Search during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Certainty the National Will Register is the Law Society's endorsed provider of a National Will Register and is chosen, endorsed and used by the public, legal profession, law firms, PI insurers, Government agencies, charities, the public and other associated sectors and organisations to Register Wills and Search for Wills.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to ensure that we provide services for legal professionals and members of the public. We understand that more than ever, we now have a very important role to play and that our response times must remain high in order to expedite a Will search request for those following a bereavement or those wishing to register a Will.

Certainty Will Search

Certainty Will Search searches for Wills that have been registered on the National Will Register and for Wills that have not been registered. A Certainty Will Search is undertaken prior to probate to ensure that the Executors are in possession of the very last Will or to locate a Will that was previously not known about. We are currently experiencing an increase of searches, with people performing a Will search because they are either self-isolating, do not want to enter the home of others who may have or are suffering with the coronavirus, or enter the home of a victim of the virus to look for evidence of a Will. There has also been an increase in Certainty Will Searches surrounding locating a Will in advance of a funeral to understand if the deceased’s Will contained funeral wishes.

To commence your Certainty Will Search please select here or for more information navigate to ‘About Will Search’.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak we are extending the period in which you should receive a response back following a search for a Will that is not registered on The National Will Register. Normally we advise that the time you should wait for a response is up to 28 days. We appreciate that there may be time delays because many law firms and Will writing companies have correctly implemented a work from home policy for their employees. We are therefore advising that currently you should wait up to 60 days for a response should a Will that has not been registered to be located following your search. NB If a Will is registered usual response times should remain unaffected.

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We are here to assist you. If you need to discuss your situation, do start a live chat or call the Will Search Team who will be able to assist.