A comprehensive, efficient and effective search for both registered and unregistered Wills to ensure you are in possession of the latest Will
Personal Representatives have a legal responsibility and duty to distribute the deceased’s estate correctly. Underpinning this is ensuring you act on the deceased’s last wishes by holding the most up to date Will. To identify if a Will exists or to prove the Will you hold, the Combined + Will search from our partners Finders International offers a comprehensive national Will Search for both registered and unregistered Wills
Undertaking a search helps ensure you are acting on the deceased’s last wishes and demonstrates reasonable steps taken to search for a Will or later Will before proceeding with distribution. Will Searches are also recommended for Professional Deputies and Attorneys managing the property and financial affairs of their client, in order to determine whether a Will exists or proves the latest Will, while allowing for end-of-life planning that is in the client’s best interests.
The Will Search Combined + conducted by Finders International includes a search of the Probate Depository enquiring of safe custody clerk at the Principal Registry of the Family Division, a search of the Certainty National Will Register Database, accessing circa 8.4 million Will registrations, and a geographically targeted national search for Wills kept by solicitors and will writers based on areas where the person is known to have lived or worked. This premium product conducts the geographical search using postal correspondence to avoid any issues associated with email being undelivered, missed or marked as ‘junk’, ensuring the most thorough search possible.
The search runs for 30 working days after which time a final report is provided detailing any results and signifying the end of the search. Estatesearch will receive all notifications of a potential Will and provide details as we are notified. Upon receipt of a negative report you are automatically approved for competitively priced Missing Will Insurance provided by Aviva.
All orders can be placed securely online through our dedicated portal offering access to a variety of searches and services. There are no registration or subscription fees, so you only pay for what you need, when you need it
Comprehensive search to help locate both registered and unregistered Wills