We know just where to look to get you the critical documents you need to administer the estate

The first step in estate administration is to determine if the deceased died testate or intestate. Will searches should be carried out to see whether a Will was left behind. Our Will Search service can help you quickly establish whether the deceased has left a Will and its whereabouts.

Over 50 years of experience

When you commission Title Research to carry out this vital service, we will:

  • Search the Certainty National Will Register, which accesses more than 7 million Will registrations and searches nationally for Wills that have not been registered by solicitors and Will writers.

  • Place a notification on the Certainty Missing Wills Register

  • Contact solicitors in the area where the deceased lived (using the Certainty Will Search service).

Certainty National Will Register

Missing Will insurance

If no Will is found, we can provide you with a no-obligation quotation for missing Will insurance, providing you and your client with complete peace of mind.

Case study: Locating Wills

We were approached by a solicitor to locate a deceased man’s Will. The solicitor had been approached by the deceased’s daughter who couldn’t find the Will in her father’s home or evidence of where it may be stored. However, the daughter believed a Will existed because she’d heard him talk about his Will. After searching the Certainty National Will Register, we found the Will. This allowed the solicitor to administer the estate, as per the wishes in the Will, upon instruction from the deceased’s daughter as the named Executor.

Related services

If you’re looking to locate a Will, you may also find these related services useful to locate other documents or determine how the estate will be distributed.

Document Search

Document Search

We can do all the legwork to help you obtain any missing documents, such as certificates for births, marriages, deaths and civil partnerships.

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Reconstructing Family Trees

If no Will has been left behind, you may need to reconstruct the family tree to find out who is set to inherit under intestacy rules.

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Related content

Our useful resources have been created to help you mitigate risk in estate administration. 

Risk management

Blog: Risk management: How insurance can help

Personal Representatives are under a duty to collect, gather in and administer according to the law. This article explores how insurance can help when things aren’t straightforward.

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Webinar: Mitigating risk in estate administration

In this webinar, Title Research’s experienced Technical Manager, Simon Barber, looks at the various challenges and risks that arise when dealing with an estate.

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