SWW and the National Will Register

SWW is very pleased to announce that you can now Register a Will or Search for a Will here. SWW in association with the National Will Register now provide SWW members and their clients with full Will Registration and Will Search facilities.

The National Will Register has registered millions of Wills and on peak days 1 Will is registered every 2 seconds. On a daily basis their Will search prevents estates being distributed on an assumed intestacy basis and avoids a superseded Will being used.

Their services are now widely recognised as best practice, and important to the SWW and their members who are focused to protect the client. With this in mind SWW now provides its members with free Will registrations* for their clients

The Society of Will Writers is a non-profit making self-regulatory organisation which seeks to protect the public and serve the interests of those men and women who are active professionals in our field.

The Society has set itself two main tasks: To promote to the public at large the real need and sense in having a valid Will; and to act as a self-regulatory body by vetting practitioners through stringent membership requirements, proficiency standards and on-going training.

The availability of these services ensure that SWW clients can now be protected through the provision of services provided by SWW in association with the National Will Register.


The SWW are partnered with Certainty the National Will Register and members are invited to register the location of their client’s Wills with Certainty in order that they can be found when they are needed. The SWW has a dedicated platform www.willsearchsww.co.uk where you can search the Certainty database.


If you would like to register your database, contact Certanty or the SWW and we will be able to assist.


If you store directly with The National Will Archive then you can opt for your clients Wills to be automatically stored with Certanty and we do the work. Just send your Wills in with the prescribed Custody Registration Form.


  • “The National Will Register found my Grandfather’s Will which was written 34 years ago” D Thomas
  • “It was vitally important I found my mother’s Will, the National Will Register found it” S Bradley
  • “The National Will Register gave us the peace of mind that we had done everything possible to find the last Will” K Adams
  • “Not only did the National Will Register find the current Will but also an older one” A Wills and Probate Solicitor
  • “Thank you National Will Register, Will search performed, Will found in 48 hourss” B Taylor



Solved in 60 Seconds – Lost Will, closed law firm, right recommendation

Mr Robinson comments: “When my uncle passed away, we were holding a copy of a 1989 Will. Due to lots of family dynamics and circumstances changing since then, we wanted to check that there wasn’t a later Will before applying for probate. If this was the last Will we also needed to locate the original – the firm who wrote the Will were no longer in existence and we had no idea whether it even existed anymore, let alone where it might be.”

Mr Robinson continues: “My own search started with the local bank branch and the 2 solicitors in the village where my uncle lived – none of those had any information as to the whereabouts of my Uncle’s Will, however they recommended I contacted Certainty the National Will Register, and thought they might be able to help.

I had no reason to suspect that the Will might have been registered, so I opted to search for both registered and unregistered Wills.

Within 24 hours I received a call from a solicitor advising me that they were holding a file for my deceased Uncle, and made an appointment for me to visit them; they asked me to bring along a death certificate and some identification.”

Mr Robinson continues: “The Will that was discovered was the original 1989 Will, confirming the copy that we held was my uncle’s last Will solving 2 problems that we faced – was the 1989 Will the last? Would we have to prove the copy?”

Certainty does not disclose the existence of a Will – when a search takes place it provides the searcher’s details to the holder of the Will. The firm then verifies the searcher’s entitlement in order to discuss the Will with the searcher.

60 seconds after the Certainty Will Search, Certainty the National Will Register notified the solicitor that held the Will. 24 hours after being notified the solicitor contacted the searcher to verify their entitlement to discuss the Will. The searcher had been searching for 22 days before using a Certainty Will Search to solve the mystery.

Finding unknown, later and lost Wills each and every day.

For further information on Will registration and the types of searches you can carry out please contact us on 0330 100 3660 or email [email protected].