Do Wills Need to be Registered?

There is no legal requirement to register a will, however, we highly recommend registering your will with The National Will Register. When a will has been registered, it can be proved that it has not been altered or tampered with following the signing of the document. We also recommend the will is stored with the National Will safe. This way you can have peace of mind knowing that the latest version of your will is safe no matter what.

Claiming Probate

The procedure for an executor involves informing the probate service (a division of HM Courts and Tribunals) to gain a specific authorisation called a grant of probate. This allows the executor to work with the demands of the will and to handle financial elements on behalf of the deceased. When probate is granted, the will is copied and kept by the Probate Service and any member of the public can then request a copy of it.

 

Changing a Will

In order to change your will, you will need to have the will returned to you and have it destroyed. Either by yourself, or another person, providing you are present. We recommend that you either burn it or shred it, so it’s clear it has been deliberately destroyed.

Even though destroying the will does revoke it, it is always advised that a new will should contain a clause that revoked all previous wills and codicils. All wills issued by Confidence Wills include this clause by default. Once a will has been revoked it is no longer legally valid.

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