You’ve made a Will. Now where is it?

We may be living in the Digital age, but it is still vital to keep your original paper Will safe.

Solicitors preparing Wills often provide secure storage as part of their service and some people get their bank to hold their Will.

These are certainly good places to store your document - and to start if you need to track down a Will.

Tell someone you trust

It is a good idea to tell your executors where your current Will – and any future versions – will be stored.

This will avoid uncertainty about whether it is the latest and final Will you made (and hopefully avoid a dispute).

To make life even simpler you could attach a summary of your financial affairs. Executors will need to compile something similar to this for Probate purposes.

The Certainty and Probate registries

There is no central registry for Wills, but these are both prominent services that people use to register and / or store their Wills.

You can apply to these registries at the following addresses if you are searching for a Will after somebody has died:

www.certainty.co.uk

http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/probate/withdrawing-a-will-from-safe-keeping

If you are using a Solicitor to administer a person’s estate they should be able to help and make additional enquiries.

What if a Will cannot be found?

There are rules and procedures to follow to decide who should administer, and benefit from a person’s estate.

See our Guide to the Intestacy Rules for further details.


Andrea is a Director and Head of Private Client department and specialises in Wills, probate and tax planning.  She also advises on lasting powers of attorney and declarations of trust in relation to property ownership.  Andrea is often asked to advise elderly parents and their children on the issue of trust of the family home and gift of the family home to the children. 

Many clients regard her as the ‘family’s solicitor’ and come back to her whenever they need legal advice. Clients have appointed her to act as their Attorney in the event that they become unable to manage their own affairs and she has acted in this capacity on a number of occasions.

Andrea is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

solicitor for the elderly

Andrea qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and has worked as a full time solicitor since then.  She has been with Gray Purdue, now Verisona Law, since 1987, initially acting for clients in matrimonial cases. Since 1999 she has advised on Wills and probate, and related matters.

She was on the Solicitors panel for the Leprosy Mission for a number of years and supports ‘free Wills’ campaigns designed to raise money for charities.    

Past work

  • Acted for a client whose husband died unexpectedly without making his Will and leaving her with a young baby. 
  • Made an application to the Court to amend the rules of intestacy to ensure that the client was able to manage financially without having to tie up funds for her baby daughter until she was older.

Acted for a client whose solicitors at the time had failed to do a deed of variation to reduce the amount of inheritance tax that was payable on his late father’s estate.  Ensuring that the client received compensation for this and was put in the position he would have been had the deed of variation been prepared and signed in the time allowed. 

  • Wills
  • Probate and administration of estates
  • Tax planning as it relates to wills and estates
  • Lasting powers of attorney
  • Registration of enduring powers of attorney
  • Declarations of trust and transfers of equity
  • Initial advice regarding probate and will disputes
  • Living wills/Advance Directives
  • Equity release

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