Searches UK is pleased to offer a Will search service in partnership with Certainty, a firm specialised in locating Wills. This highly valuable and extremely relevant service is representative of best practice and prudent risk management for firms managing the distribution of estates.
Locate Wills which are presumed unwritten or unattainable using this service, as distributing an estate without a Certainty Will Search can present a risk for executors, administrators, beneficiaries and the profession in general.
Understand whether a Will or subsequent Will exists to determine who the rightful beneficiaries are and reduce the risk of a Will or subsequent Will appearing after distribution.
A valuable tool to avoid negligence
Certainty Will Search is formally referenced as a procedure the practitioner should undertake to avoid negligence during estate distribution and to demonstrate best practice (notably referenced in the Law Society’s Probate Practitioners Handbook, Tolleys Estate Administration Guide, Lexis Nexis Practice and Practical Law Company Guidance and Practice Notes).
Key risks in relation to this area of work which this type of search helps resolve include; not proving the most recent and valid Will, distributing the estate under an intestacy where a Will exists but adequate steps have not been taken to find it and not making administrators or executors aware of their options to check that they are distributing the correct Will.
Gain a high level of protection by using this low cost Certainty Will Search.
The only person who knows for certain whether a Will exists or if you have obtained the most recent version of the Will is the testator themselves. To help confirm the existence of a Will or prove the Will you hold, we recommend carrying out this search.
Begin the estate distribution process knowing that a Will does or does not exist to lower the risk profile for you, your firm and importantly the client.
Potential PII benefit
Last year approximately 85% of PII providers included Certainty Will Search on their proposal form. Insurers recognise the measures you take to reduce the risk of a claim by using a Certainty Will Search which in turn reduces your risk profile.