Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to register? How long does it take to search?
Do I need to register my Will if my partner knows where it is?
A recent public survey commissioned by Certainty showed that 67% of people did not know where to find their parents' Will.
It is a fact that not being able to locate a Will causes untold distress and the potential financial loss for a sibling, or beneficiary. Certainty's 3-step process takes just 60 seconds to record the details that ensure if your Will is lost, misplaced or forgotten over the passage of time, it can be instantly found.
Register to 'know with Certainty' that your Will shall be administered in accordance with your wishes.
What Happens If I Don't Register?
- Your beneficiaries may not receive inheritance in accordance with your instructions.
- Your Will may be found after your estate has been distributed.
- The Courts distribute your assets under the rules of Intestacy.
- You beneficiaries financially penalised.
- An old Will may be discovered and deemed as your final wishes.
- Family disputes can occur.
- Your children and dependants may not be looked after in the way you have stated in your Will.
- It may be assumed that you never wrote a Will.
I don't have a Will.
Well you should have! A Will is the most important document you will ever produce, it protects and distributes your assets in accordance with your wishes. Simply click on 'Find A Solicitor' to find a Will writing solicitor who can write and register your Will for you.
Do I send my Will to you?
No, you do not send a copy of your Will to Certainty.
Do I need to tell someone that I've registered my Will?
Not if you don't want to. When you pass on and your Will is needed a solicitor will search and find your Will with Certainty. NB only a beneficiary or executor of the Will is entitled to search and view your Will following your death.
Can anyone find out I have made a Will or view it?
No, only a beneficiary or executor contained within your Will would be contacted following a search and following conformation that a death certificate can be produced.
How much does it cost to write a Will?
You can find a solicitor, lawyer or STEP member that is local to you with Certainty, simply click 'Find a Solicitor'. Costs vary dependant upon the complexity of the Will. Cost can start from as little as £50 to have your Will written by a legal professional.
Why use a solicitor to write my Will?
Certainty always recommends that a solicitor writes your Will. You can use Certainty.co.uk to 'Find a Solicitor' in your local area who will be able to write and register your Will with Certainty. A well advised and regularly updated Will alleviates dispute and minimises exposure to tax when your Will is brought into effect. You can find a network of solicitors in our 'Find A Solicitor' section.
How long do you hold my details for?
Your details are held for 99 years on the Certainty Will register.