Trying to find a Will?
When you lose a loved one, it can often be difficult to find their Will. We can help you look in the right places, to make sure their estate goes to the right people.
Which? and The National Will Register
Which? has partnered with The National Will Register to help you search for Wills.
With over 10 million Wills in the system, The National Will Register is working with the Law Society and key organisations in the Wills and Probate industry.
What is a Certainty Will Search?
Certainty Will Search searches The National Will Register, accessing over 10 million Will registrations, and also in geographically targeted areas for Wills that have not been registered.
When is a Certainty Will Search used?
To help avoid issues arising later in the process of distributing an estate during probate, it is important to identify whether a Will exists and who holds the most up-to-date version before any probate work is undertaken.
Why is it important to search for a Will?
To check there is no Will before proceeding with an intestacy. To check the Will held is the latest Will and has not been superseded. To proceed with confidence in the correct administration of an estate. To find a lost Will.
What are the risks of not searching?
Potential incorrectly distributed estate. Personal Representatives (an executor or administrator) have the legal authority and responsibility to distribute the estate correctly. They will be held liable should a later Will come to light after the estate has been distributed.
Will Register Search
A Will Register Search is recommended if you are in possession of a Will Registration certificate or believe that the Will you are looking for was registered.
Will Search Combined
A Will Search Combined performs three key searches to look for Wills that have been registered and for Wills that have not been registered.