• April 19, 2024
 The National Will Register joins The Professional Deputies Forum Directory

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The National Will Register joins The Professional Deputies Forum Directory

The National Will Register is proud to announce that we are now listed in The Professional Deputies Forum’s Directory. The Professional Deputies forum is the representative body for professional deputies.

Last year The National Will Register embarked on a campaign to raise awareness to panel deputies and professional deputies about the important role that The National Will Register has when locating the Will for a person who lacks capacity to manage their own affairs so as to understand their previous wishes and feelings. The results of the campaign saw a 282% increase of Certainty Will Search COP being conducted in 2020 in comparison to 2019.

A deputy has a duty to act in the best interests of the person who they are appointed to act on behalf of which includes taking into account the person’s past and present wishes and feelings, and any relevant written statement made by that person when they had capacity. Having this knowledge of the contents of the Will and/or codicil(s) means they can act in the best interests of the person. A Certainty Will Search will help you to identify if an unknown Wills exists and demonstrates that adequate measures have been taken to consider the wishes and intentions contained in any unknown Wills written by the person. A Certainty Will Search searches for Wills that have been registered on The National Will Register and for Wills that have not yet been registered.

How to understand if a Will or later Will exists

A Certainty Will Search is an important part of any one of the following undertakings:

• applying for Statutory Wills, ascertaining of the existence of any unknown Will(s) prior to the creation of a Statutory Will and be satisfied that the Will presented is the last Will,

• completing Court of Protection form COP1a Annex A: Supporting information for property and financial affairs applications, will require information regarding the location, the executor details and a copy of the Will;

• completing COP1c Annex C: Supporting information for a Statutory Will, codicil, gift(s), deed of variation or settlement of property, will require information and submission of all previous and existing Wills, search before ticking location of Will ‘not known’ for example

• replacing a removed deputy for reasons for example, of financial misfeasance, and overseeing the ongoing matter with the highest level of due diligence

• ascertaining the full extent of the assets of P’s assets in order to properly safeguard them

• ascertaining the importance of P’s relationships with family and friends

• protecting gifts, and making appropriate investments,

• preventing potential adverse outcomes by being aware of the contents of the Will and /or codicils

We are proud to be listed in The Professional Deputies Forum Directory and to contribute towards their ethos of representing the interests of professional deputies and their support staff in England and Wales. You can view The National Will Register’s listing here.

As a Deputy or attorney, you can conduct a Certainty Will Search for Court of Protection matters by visiting The National Will Register website or through The National Will Register and Official Solicitor website.


This article was submitted to be published by Certainty 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 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