Will Search Combined

An efficient and effective search for both registered and unregistered Wills to ensure you are in possession of the latest Will

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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, our partners Certainty offer a 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 allow for end-of-life planning that is in the client’s best interests

The Certainty Will Search Combined includes a search of the Certainty the National Will Register, a database of accessing circa 8.4 million Will registrations, a notice placed on the Certainty Missing Wills Notice Board 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.

The search runs for 28 working days (currently extended to 60 working days due to Covid) after which time a final report is provided detailing any results and signifying the end of the search. Responses are usually received between 3 to 10 working days. Estatesearch will receive all notifications of a potential Will either from Certainty or the solicitor, will writer, bank directly, and provide details as we are notified

  • Certainty National Will Register Database Search, a search of all Wills registered with Certainty comprising c. 8.4 million Will registrations
  • Will REACH Search, a geographically targeted national search for unregistered Wills contacting lawyers and will writers (inc. IPW and SWW members)
  • Certainty Missing Wills Notice Board, places a notice issued to Certainty members


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

Helping to locate both registered and unregistered Wills

£95 + VAT
  • Certainty Will Database Search
  • Will REACH Search
  • Certainty Missing Wills Notice Board
  • The Estatesearch Financial Profile Service gives us a comprehensive and robust due diligence process at the click of a button. Using a combination of data and technology goes beyond what we could reasonably achieve otherwise and Estatesearch have helped us identify additional assets in difficult Court of Protection matters. Holly Chantler, Head of Private Client
  • We're very happy with the services provided by Estatesearch and find the Financial Profile Service a valuable tool in assisting our clients. In one recent matter undertaking the search meant we discovered an additional £2,500 which we would have otherwise been unaware of, needless to say the beneficiaries were happy with the outcome. Jade Gani, Head of Private Client
  • The Financial Profile Service helps us demonstrate all reasonable due diligence in matters where we're appointed as Executors. In a recent matter the Report helped us identify additional assets which our client and the beneficiary greatly appreciated. Charlotte Day, Solicitor
  • The Estatesearch process is simple and accessing several services in one portal saves so much time. The Financial Profile Service is really useful and great value, supported by excellent customer service. As a firm regularly acting for overseas PRs the Search can be invaluable for discovering UK assets and liabilities. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the service to my clients. Helen Green, Solicitor
  • We use the Financial Profile Service when appointed as Executors to help us clearly demonstrate we’ve met all our statutory duties. The report is clear and easy to use, helping us quickly make targeted additional enquiries to secure estate assets when required. Rachel Roche, Solicitor Director
  • The Financial Profile Service helped us efficiently confirm all the estate accounts, and in our latest matter identified a historic pension adding greater value for the beneficiaries and our clients. Liyen Edin, Biscoes Solicitors
  • The Estatesearch team are always willing to go the extra mile to help us with our cases and enquiries, using their knowledge and expertise to help us deliver an excellent service while reducing costs for our clients. Michael Graham, Head of Private Client

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