Association du Réseau Européen des Registres Testamentaires

Finding a will in the United Kingdom

 Legal professionals, some questions/answers to assist you 

- When the existence of a will has been established, who has to be contacted to obtain information about its content ?

The information on the content of the will is sent by the executor of the will, the administrator of the succession or, failing that, by the heirs.

During the succession procedure, the will must be presented to a specialised authority under the jurisdiction of the relevant Court in order to establish a “Grant of Confirmation” in Scotland or a ’Grant of Probate’ in the remainder of the UK. When this document has been issued, the public register at the relevant Court can be consulted.

- Who is entitled to receive the information ?

The content of the will remains confidential until the Grant of Probate or Confirmation has been issued. The executor of the will is then free to decide to whom he will send the information. This is usually the heirs and anyone with a legitimate interest.

After the publication of the Grant of Probate or Confirmation, the will becomes public. Anyone can then obtain a copy.

- Is there a particular procedure to be followed ? If so, which one ?

For the information contained in the will, or a copy of the will itself, to be communicated, the will must have been published in accordance with the law of the relevant part of the UK.

- By what means must the information be sent ?

Copies of the will may only be sent by post.


28 novembre 2014
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