• April 12, 2024
 Why locating the Will of P is imperative when acting as a Professional Deputy

Why locating the Will of P is imperative when acting as a Professional Deputy

The National Will Register plays a crucial role in the work of those involved in applying for Statutory Wills, or when expediting their Property and Affairs and Health and Welfare Deputy or Attorney responsibilities with the upmost due diligence. Locating a Will for a Protected Party ((P), someone who has lost capacity) can assist in understanding their wishes and feelings so that the Deputy or Attorney can act in their best interest. For example, by locating the Will it can help to establish end of life wishes and how they wish their estate to be distributed so that particular assets will not be sold by the Deputy or Attorney.

A Certainty Will Search is able to assist in Court of Protection matters by locating a Will for P. A Certainty Will Search locates Wills registered on The National Will Register and for Wills that have not yet been registered. In 2020, there was a 282% increase in Certainty Will Searches conducted for Court of Protection matters in comparison to 2019.

The National Will Register recently spoke to Chantal Ul Haq-Weedon, Solicitor and Professional Deputy at Wilkin Chapman LLP about how a Certainty Will Search has assisted her when working on a Court of Protection matter. Chantal comments:

“A Certainty Will Search is invaluable when acting as a Deputy for somebody who has lost capacity and helps to ensure that you are acting in their best interest. An example of this is when I was acting for a Deputy for P after their previous Deputy had mismanaged their funds. P was elderly and had no next-of-kin or family. To help establish her wishes and feelings, and to ensure the Deputy was acting in her best interest, I conducted a Certainty Will Search to establish whether P had previously made a Will which would assist the Deputy in making informed decisions about their property and affairs and welfare.”

“Around the same time, P was admitted to hospital and was refusing to take medication or eat any food. The hospital was preparing to conduct a capacity assessment as they needed to determine if P had the capacity to make these decisions about her hospital treatment.”

“Whilst P was in hospital, the Certainty Will Search located a living Will that confirmed what treatment P would or would not accept if she was diagnosed as being end of life. The Will revealed that P had specific wishes on how she did not want to be artificially fed or receive medication at this time and that she wanted to die with dignity. The hospital therefore agreed to discharge P so that they could receive palliative care at the care home where they lived.”

Chantal concludes:

“It is imperative that as a Deputy, you act with due diligence when making decisions for P. As this case demonstrates, by conducting a Certainty Will Search and locating their Will, the Deputy was able to fulfil their duties of acting in P’s best interest and ensure that her last wishes were adhered to so that she could pass away in accordance to how she wanted.”

For further information on the type of searches you can carry out, please contact The National Will Register via their website, call 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.

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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