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Will Search Service

Blanchards do not charge the public sector!

Why a Will search is important… A Will tells those relevant what should happen to any money, possessions and property after someone dies (all these things together are called their ‘estate’). It is important that once a Will has been made the original is kept safe. The person who made the Will and his family or his Executors should know where the original Will is being kept. Ideally they should also have a copy of it got safekeeping.

Having worked in our industry for a number of years however, we know that this is not always the case; a Will can very easily be misplaced or lost. This makes things a bit more difficult when it comes to Estate administration. Just because a Will cannot be found at the time of death, does not mean that no Will ever existed. This is why it is so important to look beyond the surface of a case, and ensure whether there is or is not a Will.

When someone passes away without a Will; they are said to have passed away Intestate. The law of Intestacy then decides how the estate is passed on.

When handling a deceased estate, it is vital that a Will is thoroughly searched for. Before distributing an estate, you should verify whether there is a Will or not.

In the UK, both registered and unregistered wills can be searched in-depth; there is no single online institution or database that contains Wills.

We will offer you a full Will search report with our service. If there is no locatable Will, we can advise and assist you in deciding what to do in the case of intestacy.



What is it? – We perform searches for Wills that may be missing. We always aim to ensure the correct people are set to inherit from an estate, so a Will search is a critical part of that.

Why do we do it? – You should always search for a will thoroughly before dealing with an estate. If a will is found and you distribute the estate to the wrong people, there may be a big issue. If there appears to be no Will a Will search is a legal requirement.

Do we charge? – We do not charge the public sector, instead we charge from the estate.

How long does it take? – Will searches take 2 months to complete.

Other Services

Blanchards offer an extensive selection of services to the public sector. From heir hunting to asset searches, we work on hand with councils, hospitals, coroners and everything in between, to provide an expert and stress free service. Additionally, to view our other services please click here. We look forward to working with you.

If you require this service please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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