What is a Will Search COP?
A Will Search COP searches for Wills that have been registered on The National Will Register and for Wills that have not been registered for someone who has lost testamentary capacity.
When is a Will Search COP used?
Knowledge of the contents and wishes outlined in the Will(s) created by the person an Attorney or Deputy has a duty of care towards will help make better informed decisions on their behalf.
Why search for a Will?
Demonstrate adequate measures have been taken to consider the wishes and intentions contained in any unknown Wills written by the person. Useful when applying for a Statutory Will, or completing COP1a and COP1c forms.
What are the risks of not searching?
Not fully understanding the extent of the person’s assets and wishes in order to safeguard them. Potential to make uninformed decisions on the person’s behalf. Potential adverse outcomes as not aware of the contents of the Will(s).
Will Search COP Starts
Upon successful completion of the form online, the Will Search COP starts.
Positive Match is Made
If there is a positive match as a result of a search of The National Will Register or REACH Search of unregistered Wills in geographically targeted areas, the law firm or Will writing organisation are notified.
Provide Documentation to Custodian
The Deputy or Attorney searching for the Will is to provide documentation such as proof of ID and either Deputyship Application or Order, or LPA.
Positive Match is Confirmed
If conditions are met to disclose the existence of the Will, the custodian shall arrange for the Will to be repatriated with the searcher.
Certainty Will Search Report Issued
Upon conclusion, a Will Search Report is issued with the outcome of your Certainty Will Search to demonstrate this step taken in the process.
Will Search COP
A Will Search COP is the Will Search for someone who is still alive and has lost testamentary capacity, to support Deputies and Attorneys who are acting in their best interests.
To Support Applications
Ascertaining the existence of any Will(s) prior to applying for a Statutory Will and completing Court of Protection forms COP1a and COP1c.
To Understand P’s Assets
Ascertaining the full extent of the assets of P’s assets identified in the Will(s) in order to properly safeguard them and make better informed decisions on behalf of the individual.
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