In a recent survey, Solicitors overwhelmingly stated that they used Certainty when distributing an estate to give them peace of mind and protection.
Most solicitors said that they no longer look for a ‘warning’ sign or depend upon familiarity with the deceased client or their family in order to decide whether or not to undertake a search.
Certainty continues to protect against claims of incorrect administration for Solicitors and those involved with distributing an estate through the ability to be able to search the millions of Wills in its registration system and issue a national search for Wills that are not registered. Certainty’s National Will Search system issues a search notification to all law firms (not just Certainty member firms) in targeted geographical locations.
On a daily basis Certainty Will Search continues to prove without doubt that it protects against such claims. Certainty Will Search discovers ‘unknown’ later Will and Wills, even in situations where the PRs were adamant that the Testator had died intestate or they possessed the last Will!
What Solicitors are saying……
Hollie Coates, Solicitor, Coates Solicitors
“It is very important for us that we undertake a Certainty Will Search at the beginning of each Probate matter or intestacy, so that we can establish, before taking any other steps, that we are dealing with the relevant Will or later Will. This, of course, avoids problems for both us and the Client later on in the estate administration, when costs have been incurred. In addition, we are not put in the position of having to explain to the Client why a Will Search was not carried out at the beginning of the matter. I carry out Will Searches in all probate matters and intestacies where we are appointed Professional Executors. Will Search mitigates a known risk and gives the client and us the comfort that everything reasonably possible has been done to verify whether or not a Will or later Will exists. Our lay PRs see the benefit and protection Will Search provides and regularly instruct us to undertake a Certainty Will Search. The Certainty Will Search also helps reduce our annual professional indemnity insurance premium.”
Duncan Lyon, Director, Ellis-Fermor Negus
“Instigating a Certainty Will Search at the outset of a new estate brings significant peace of mind in the ongoing administration of the estate for both ourselves and our Executor clients.”
“When you use a Certainty Will Search you are not just searching against the circa 5 million Wills now in the registration system, but also issuing a geographically targeted search that also goes to law firms who are not members of Certainty.”
Peace of mind and protection is an allowable disbursement
For a solicitor, using a Certainty Will Search is proof that a recognised process was undertaken to endeavour to ascertain if a Will or later Will existed. This provides great levels of protection and peace of mind for the solicitor, PRs and beneficiaries.
When you carry out a Will Search using Certainty, your ‘‘searcher’s’’ details are provided to the holder of the Will – Certainty does not disclose the existence of the Will.
A Certainty Will Register Search is an allowable disbursement from the estate of £33+VAT.
For further information please contact Certainty the National Will Register on 0330 100 3660 .