Research has suggested that 90.2% of people aged 18-44 do not know whom their parents used to write their Will or where it is stored.
You have made your Will and put it in our safe custody or a safe place of your own. However, if your family don’t know where it is, there is a risk of it being lost or overlooked, meaning that after all of your efforts to ensure that your legacy passes on to whom you wish, it may not happen. If your Will cannot be found, you will be deemed to have died intestate.
To find out who would inherit if your Will cannot be found, download our intestacy chart. It is a fact that not being able to locate a Will causes great distress, which is why we have teamed up with Certainty, the National Will Register.
As part of our service*, we will register all new Wills on Certainty’s National database, so that, upon your death, your personal representatives can locate it quickly and with ease.
You could register your Will with Certainty yourself online at a cost of £30. We will not charge for this service.
This ensures that if your executor does not know where your Will is when needed, the location of it can be quickly identified with a simple online search.
Investment and research has ensured that Certainty’s National Will Register complies with all legal requirements surrounding data protection and is supported by most reputable Will writers, solicitors, Institute of Professional Will writers (IPW) members, Society of Trust and Estate
Practitioners (STEP) members, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Fellows, the public, charities and financial institutions.
To find out more about Certainty, click here.
*Terms and conditions apply. Please contact us for details.
What happens if I don’t have a Will?
Research has highlighted that almost everyone makes the wrong assumption over who would benefit if they died without a Will. Most married people assume their spouse ‘automatically’ inherits everything they own, with or without a Will. This is not true. Most unmarried couples also assume that they have the same legal rights to inherit as a married couple. This is not true either. Unmarried couples have no guaranteed rights to inherit at all, and married couples can only ensure guaranteed inheritance of their entire estate from each other if there is a Will.
See our intestacy download for more information of what will happen to your estate without a Will.