Extract from the Law Society’s Probate Practitioner’s Handbook
16.22 MISSING WILLS (Page 273) It can be difficult to discover whether there is a will and, if so, where it is located.
PRs run the risk of distributing an estate on the basis of an intestacy when there is, in fact, a will.
It is possible to register the location of a will with the Certainty National Will Register (www.certainty.co.uk). A registered will can then be located by a search of the register. Where a will has not been registered, it is possible to use a different form of Certainty search. This issues a missing will notification to solicitors in the areas where the testator was most likely to have made his or her will, i.e. where he or she worked or lived.