Missing Will Service

Finders International understand the importance of finding a missing Will promptly and we offer a unique, comprehensive and cost-effective Will search service to ensure you are in possession of the latest Will.

If you are dealing with an intestacy but need to check for a Will, or you hold a Will and are unsure if a more recent Will was made, our Missing Will Service can help.

Our comprehensive search service assists in locating lost and unknown Wills. It takes approx. 30 days to complete and is pre-approved for Aviva Missing Will Insurance cover upon conclusion of the search.

The service includes:

  • Writing to all solicitors via post local to the deceased and/or in any other specific area(s) as requested in your instructions.
  • Checking with the deceased’s bank(s), building societies & accountants.
  • Contacting the Will writer members of the IPW and SWW.
  • Checking the depository of the Principal Registry of the Family Division.
  • National Will Register Search, a search of all Wills registered with Certainty comprising c. 8.4 million Will registrations.
  • Searching any relevant additional databases and contacting other professional bodies as necessary or as requested.
  • Pre-approval for Missing Will Insurance upon completion of the Missing Will Service.
Andrew Ritson

For further information on this service, please contact
Andrew Ritson
Legal Support Services Manager
Call free on 0800 085 8796 (UK only) or +44 20 7490 4935
Email: [email protected]

How to search for a Will

Firstly, we recommend that you:

  1. Check the deceased’s personal belongings.
  2. Ask any known friends, relatives or neighbours of the deceased.

Having done the above, you can now instruct us to trace a Will.

Why choose us?

Expertise: Our team consists of skilled investigators who are well-versed in the intricacies of locating missing wills. We utilise our years of experience and extensive databases to maximise our chances of success.

Efficiency: Time is often of the essence when it comes to settling estates. We work diligently to locate missing wills promptly, ensuring a smoother and faster probate process.

Cost-Effective: Our services are competitively priced, and we offer flexible payment options to accommodate your budget.

Missing Will Service Cost & Delivery Times

  • Advance payment of the service charge is requested – please send a cheque for the service, payable to ‘Finders’ or contact is for BACS transfer information. If this is not possible, please contact us to discuss terms before placing an order.
  • Our Missing Will Service is free of charge if we are also asked by you to find missing or unknown heirs on a contingency fee basis.
  • Timescale – Our research takes approx. 30 days to complete.

Missing Will Service For Living Clients

  • Under Lasting Power of Attorney or Court of Protection Orders, we can also offer a search to assist deputies locate a Will for their living clients.
  • The search draws together many of the same resources as our main Will search service, including contacting solicitors, local Will writers, banks & building societies and charted accountants directly to check if they are storing or were involved in drafting a Will.
  • Advance payment of the service charge is requested and our research takes approx. 30 days to complete.

Missing Will Insurance

On completion of the Missing Will Service, we can apply for an Aviva insurance policy to cover against the possibility of a will being found after distribution. Missing Will Insurance will add to this protection and give you peace of mind.

This provides cover against the possible later discovery of a will which changes the estate distribution, without the need for repayment of inheritance(s) or bequests that have already taken place.

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