Current prices for each of these searches can be found on the Certainty website: https://www.nationalwillregister.co.uk/.
What is the Certainty Will Search process?
Once you’ve selected the level of search you want to do, generally all that’s required is your loved one’s name and address (as well as any previous names or addresses). If you’re searching for an unregistered Will, you will also need to input the postcodes of likely search areas.
Certainty states that a response to your search will usually take between 24 hours and 10 days, although it could take up to 28 days to complete a search if nothing is found.
Where a Will is found, the holder of the Will should contact you.
Finding a Will – are you entitled to see it?
It’s important to remember that a Will is a private document until a Grant of Probate has been issued. Only the Executors of your loved one are entitled to see it before that stage. This means that once you have located the Will, the solicitor or Will writer who is holding it will not be able to send you a copy or discuss its contents with you unless you have been appointed as an Executor in the Will.
Making sure your own Will is easy to find
If you have experienced the uncertainty a missing Will can cause, you will certainly want to avoid putting your loved ones through this when you pass away.
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to avoid this. Firstly, telling your loved ones that you have made a Will, and where it can be found, goes a long way to avoiding difficulties. In particular, you should tell those people whom you have appointed to be your Executors, as they will be the ones responsible for handling your estate and carrying out the terms of your Will.
Secondly, you should register your Will with Certainty so that, if all else fails, a quick search of their database will provide your loved ones with the location of your latest Will.