Confidence with Certainty that the Will can be located

Society of Will Writers continue to provide free Will Registration for their members

Since October 2017 the Society of Will Writers has provided their members with the facility to register the Wills they have written totally free of charge on the National Will Register. Over 30,000 Wills were registered by Will writers in July 2019 which brought the register’s total in excess of 8.2 million Wills!

These Wills were registered by conscientious and proactive Will writers who take steps to protect their client’s estate from being distributed incorrectly and also protect their future probate revenue.

What benefits does Will Registration offer?

Registering your Wills on the National Will Register provides your clients with the confidence and certainty that no matter what, the original copy of their Will can be found after they have passed on. Most clients when asked assume that their Will is automatically registered anyway. They understand that over the passage of time their Will, and its location, can be hard for executors and family to recall. Professionals who register Wills report that clients appreciate Will registration being provided for them because it enables their Will to be quickly located after a death, greatly reducing the stress that is invariably caused by an unknown or ‘hard to find’ Will.

Will Registration offers a variety of benefits to yourself and your clients:

  • It’s FREE and added value for you and your client: Will Registration would cost your client £30 to do it themselves. As a Society of Will Writers member, this can be offered for free to all clients, adding additional value to the service you provide.
  • The passage of time: Executors and beneficiaries may not be able to recall where the testator’s Will is stored, or even forget that one exists. The testator may have outlived their executors.
  • Receive more Probate work: If you focus on probate work as a revenue stream, Will registration is conclusively proven to increase the amount of probate work (or referral fees) you receive from the Wills you have written. This is because the Will is not overlooked and can quickly and easily be traced after a death.
  • Above all: Every day Will Registration helps either to establish that a Will exists or to locate the most up-to-date version of the Will and therefore prevents incorrect distribution.

If you would like to start registering your Wills please contact Nigel McGinnity on [email protected] or call 0330 100 3660.


This article was submitted by Certainty the National Will Register as part of their sponsorship package for the SWW Annual Conference. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of The Society of Will Writers.

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