The Society of Will Writers is working with Certainty the National Will Register

The Society of Will Writers is working with Certainty the National Will Register

The Society of Will Writers and Estate Planning Practitioners are delighted to confirm we are working with Certainty the National Will Register. The SWW are continually seeking to enhance the value that SWW membership brings to our members. As a result, we have sponsored a significant number of registrations for our members in order to register your clients’ Wills with Certainty the National Will Register for free.

Who is Certainty the National Will Register?

Certainty the National Will Register is the recognised provider of a National Will Register in the UK and is chosen, endorsed and used by the public, Wills and probate professionals, law firms, PI insurers, Government agencies, charities and other associated sectors and organisations to register Wills and search for Wills.

Since its inception, Certainty the National Will Register has worked in partnership with Wills and probate professionals to provide peace of mind to testators, executors and beneficiaries throughout the UK. Nearly a decade on, Certainty has established a National Will Register and is working towards ensuring that unknown or untraceable Wills are a thing of the past.

The National Will Register offers functional, convenient and productive products for both Wills and probate professionals and UK citizens.

What are the benefits of registration for both you and your client?

  • Peace of mind. You are registering the basic details of your client along with the details of where the original Will has been safely stored. With the passage of time, house moves, changes in family circumstances, even issues with flooding or house fires, important documents can get lost or destroyed, which means all important documents may not be found again.
  • The confidential contents of the Will are preserved. A certificate of registration issued by Certainty the National Will Register once a Will has been registered confirms that a Will exists and has been registered, but does not disclose the last wishes of the testator, which a copy Will does.
  • The testators’ executors/beneficiaries may simply forget if a Will was written and where the original is held with the passage of time and the need to find the last Will and testament when in an emotional, grieving state. A quick search of the Register takes the pain out of this situation.
  • For your client to register the Will themselves can cost £30. You can offer this for free thus adding value to the service you provide. Alternatively, you may decide to include a nominal administrative charge boosting your Will writing revenue, which is still less than the direct cost of £30.

Did you know?

  • Certainty the National Will Register provides access to in excess of 7 million Will records
  • At peak times, one Will is registered every two seconds
  • The current record for Will Registration is 270,000 Wills registered in one month
  • Certainty the National Will Register searches for both registered AND unregistered Wills in geographically targeted areas in the UK
  • At least 1 in every 10 Certainty Will searches resulted in a Will being discovered where the estate was presumed intestate or a later, unknown Will, being brought to light
  • The National Will Register is a registered trademark
  • Certainty the National Will Register marks its 10 year anniversary

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

The Society of Will Writers







The Society of Will Writers is a non-profit making self-regulatory organisation which seeks to protect the public and serve the interests of those men and women who are active professionals in our field.

The Society was founded in 1994 and has since grown to become not only the largest, but also the leading self-regulatory body governing Will Writers and Estate Planners alike. We have over 1,700 members across the UK, Europe and further afield in places such as Asia and Africa.

The Society has set itself two main tasks:

  1. To promote to the public at large the real need and sense in having a valid Will;
  2. To act as a self-regulatory body by vetting practitioners through stringent membership requirements, proficiency standards and ongoing training.

The designatory letters of the Society’s grades:

  • SWW
  • MSWW
  • ASWW
  • FSWW
  • SWW

Each membership grade denotes its holders experience and is an assurance to the public that the professional they are engaging with is trained, insured and SWW code compliant.

Being a member of the Society grants access to a whole host of exclusive benefits such as use of our logos, web listings, industry discounts and services offered from our partner organisations. We also support our members

We encourage consumers not to be afraid to ask the will writer if he or she is a member of the Society. Why risk your entire estate to be dealt with under a Will drawn up by anyone other than a trained professional?

through ongoing training, regional groups and conferences, as well as a having a fully staffed technical advice team to answer queries ranging in all levels of complexity.

Most importantly of all, members are given a voice to help us steer the profession in the right direction when we meet with organisations such as the Legal Services Board and other industry stakeholders.