Certainty.co.uk find a solicitor the UK’s on-line national will register ‘registry for wills’ has launched in Birmingham after almost 20 years’ lobbying for a national register of this nature. The register enables rapid registration of a will and the ability to search for lost or missing wills.
Designed exclusively for use by Law Society and STEP members in conjunction with the general public, the register cost in excess of £1 million to develop.
Certainty is rolling out throughout the UK in conjunction with legal practices that participate as ‘founder members’ of the register. Birmingham founder members include Martineau, Cobbetts, Tyndallwoods, Brownings, Blakemores, Scotts Holt and Sellars, Garner Canning & Co, and Wallace Robinson & Morgan.
Certainty’s Chairman Kevin Martin and Law Society President 2005/6 holds the firm belief that Certainty provides a definitive solution supported by advanced technological investment and consultations with key legal figures. Kevin who is spearheading the initiative says, “We believe Certainty is the first organisation to actually provide a compliant solution to the chronic problem of will registration.”
In a recent public survey commissioned by Certainty, 67% of people surveyed were unaware of the location of their parents’ will. Certainty.co.uk is launching with a unique offer whereby 12.8 million free of charge will registrations are available to the general public to be used in association with solicitors.
Nigel McGinnity, CEO, Certainty says, “Our commitment to provide 12.8 million free registrations to the public and our dynamic relationship with the legal profession ensures the success of the register. Certainty.co.uk is receiving great demand from the public, in fact one law firm had over 100 enquiries in just 48 hours to register their client’s wills.”
Laurence Collings T.E.P (Head of the Wills and Probate Department at Brownings Solicitors Redditch) says, "We at Brownings see the Certainty Will Register as being an essential and vital way of ensuring that the whereabouts of a Will is known and recorded. We are positively encouraging our clients past and present to register their Wills with Certainty. Brownings are very pleased to be a Founder Member of this long overdue national Will Register."
Judy Dyke partner with Tyndallwoods Solicitors said, "We have been waiting for many years for a National Will Register and I am pleased that Tyndallwoods had the opportunity to become one of the founder Members of Certainty. Once Wills are registered with Certainty they will not be overlooked, lost or untraced. Certainty also advises that everyone should consult a solicitor and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) to make sure that help is given by someone properly qualified to advise in relation to the making or updating of such an important document."
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