• April 12, 2024
 Certainty Will Search locates Wills that contain unknown funeral wishes

Certainty Will Search locates Wills that contain unknown funeral wishes

A Certainty Will Search ensures that everything possible has been done to locate the last valid Will of the deceased.

It is not uncommon for Wills to include funeral wishes such as burial wishes that loved ones may not be aware of prior to locating the Will, therefore creating a risk that these wishes may be accidentally overlooked when the funeral is arranged. A Certainty Will Search can protect against this by quickly locating the last valid Will of the deceased.

In this case study, Rachel Summers, Senior Associate at member firm mfg Solicitors explains how a Certainty Will Search notified the firm of their client’s death, resulting in the Will being located on the same day that the Will search was placed and ultimately winning the firm the probate work.

Rachel comments:

“A Certainty Will Search was conducted by another firm of solicitors on behalf of one of the family members of the deceased. They believed that a Will did exist but they were not aware of where it was stored or when it was made.

“We received the Will Search Notification and immediately checked our records. We were able to confirm that we held a Will, dated from May 1997, for the deceased on the same day that we received notification of the Certainty Will Search.”

Rachel continues:

“The daughter of the deceased contacted us and after confirming her identify, we disclosed that she was one of the named executors in the Will. The Will named an additional executor of the estate as well as funeral wishes that may not have been upheld if the Will had not of been located. We have subsequently won the probate work and are currently assisting the named executors with the estate distribution process.

“Thanks to the Certainty Will Search, we were notified of our client’s death and were able to secure the probate work as a result. The Certainty Will Search also assisted the family to adhere to how the deceased had wished to be buried and named the executors that they had wanted to manage the distribution of their estate. Without the Certainty Will Search, the estate may have been distributed as intestate and these wishes lost.

“At mfg Solicitors, we conduct a Certainty Will Search on the majority of our cases to ensure that we are in possession of the last Will of the deceased or that the estate is in fact intestate. It is not worth the risk of proceeding with probate on the assumption that you are in possession of the last valid Will when you are able to conduct a Certainty Will Search which mitigates this risk.”

For further information on the type of searches you can carry out, please contact The National Will Register on 0330 100 3660 or email enquiries@certainty.co.uk.

This article was submitted to be published by Certainty: The National Will Register as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate

The National Will Register


Certainty the National Will Register is the UK’s provider of a National Will Register and Will Search service. Certainty Will Search and Will Registration is exclusively endorsed by the Law Society, recommended by key organisations and used by thousands of solicitors, the public, charities and financial institutions to register Wills and search for Wills. At peak times, one Will is registered every two seconds on The National Will Register. The confidential contents of the Will are not disclosed, only the existence and location of where the Will is stored is recorded, ensuring that it can be found quickly and easily once the Testator has passed on. Registration ensures that if beneficiaries and executors are unaware if a Will was written or have forgotten where it’s located, it can be easily found by conducting a Register Will Search. The existence of a Will and its location are confidential. Only when the Testator has passed away can a Will’s location be declared. Even then, it will be disclosed only when the person searching for the Will has a genuine, bona fide interest and that person can provide a copy of a death certificate. Certainty Will Search not only searches for registered Wills but also nationally for Wills that have not been registered to help prevent an old Will being used to distribute the estate or when the existence of a Will is unknown. In addition, Certainty the National Will Register provides an online Will management tool for solicitors, which can be accessed remotely from anywhere with a secure internet connection so they can safely register Wills, search for Wills and use additional services Certainty the National Will Register provides for professionals. For more information, please contact us on 0330 100 3660 or email enquiries@certainty.co.uk. Address The Chapel Chapel Lane Lapworth Warwickshire B94 6EU