Certainty

  • National will register, will search, management and marketing services

    Telephone: 0330 100 3660
    Email: enquiries@certainty.co.uk

    Visit the Certainty website

    Certainty the National Will Register

    Certainty the National Will Register is the Law Society's endorsed provider of a national will register and used by thousands of solicitors everyday to register and search for wills.

    Certainty is proven to reduce the risk of distributing an estate on an assumed intestacy basis or when a will or later will may exist. Certainty achieves this through its will registration facility and its capability to search for both registered wills and wills that have not been registered, using its national will search service called REACH, and can search legal and non legal providers.

    Over 7.7 million wills are now in the system. This figure grows daily - the highest will registration month to date is 270,000 wills registered.

    Certainty's will search services are a low cost disbursement (from £38 + VAT). Certainty will registration for a law firm's archived wills is totally cost-free!

    Certainty is much more than just a wills register. Members of Certainty can access 'TOUCH' - a will management system with integrated marketing capabilities that helps a wills and probate practitioner unlock the true fee-earning potential contained within their willbank and its clients.

    Services overview

    • Will registration - Over 7.7 million wills are now in the system. This figure grows daily - the highest will registration month to date is 270,000 wills registered.
    • Will search - Certainty searches against its register but also provides a national will search for wills that have not been registered (called a REACH search). You can perform a search of the Register and a REACH search at the same time, this is called a Will Search Combined – see our website for details
    • Will management with integrated marketing - Certainty provides a law firm with a system to manage wills and keep in contact with their clients

    Certainty will registration

    Certainty will registration protects the testator, executors and beneficiaries as it ensures the will can be located upon death. Registration also increases the chance of the firm receiving the probate work from the wills they have written because the firm can be found as the holder of the will .

    Please note - Certainty does not see or store a copy of the will - it registers its 'location'.

    Certainty does not disclose the existence of a will - it provides a searcher's details to the holder of the will (firm who registered the will). This allows the law firm to verify entitlement and authenticity of the enquiring searcher (i.e. sight of death certificate and validate identity of searcher).

    Certainty will search

    One in every ten will searches by Certainty results in a will being found where one was thought never to have been written, or the will being used to distribute the estate had been superseded by the newer-found will.

    Distributing an estate on an assumed intestacy basis where a will may actually exist, or where a later will may exist, now presents a risk. This risk can now be managed using Certainty's accredited and endorsed will search service.

    There are many reasons why a will may have been forgotten about, maliciously destroyed, or where an unknown later copy exists. Certainty will search provides a recommended and accredited search process that searches for registered and unregistered wills to understand if a will or later will exits.

    • Both Certainty will search and will registration are referenced and now included in many respected publications, practice notes and courses
    • Certainty will search and will registration is a proven risk management tool which can help reduce exposure to complaints and claims for the legal profession
    • Ticking the box on your PII form to say you use Certainty can lower your risk profile

    Certainty will management and marketing

    Certainty's TOUCH will management with integrated marketing system helps you unlock the fee-earning potential contained within it. The TOUCH system makes marketing, generating additional business and unlocking the inherent value held in your will-bank simple.

    If you need to search for a will , register a will or would like a demonstration please call 0330 100 3660.

  • Member benefit

    Certainty gives your firm the opportunity to maximise the earning potential from your clients and the wills you write.

  • We feel that will registration not only assists the firm in receiving the probate work from the wills we write but importantly allows the will to be found.

    Christine Thornley, Gorvins Solicitors
  • We started to write out to all of our existing will clients using the free will registration offer from Certainty. The response was so overwhelming from clients we had to scale back the rate of letters sent in order to accommodate the inbound enquiries.

    Tracy Hatswell, Wason Male & Wagland