Does a Will Have to Be Registered to Be Legal?

Registering your will online is a great way to make sure there's always a copy for your loved ones.

There is absolutely nothing in law that requires a will to be registered in order for it to be valid. However, there are a few points that you may want to consider when it comes to wills and registration.

A will is your last chance to communicate your wishes with your loved ones, so we at Bequest think it’s pretty important to make sure those wishes are heard loud and clear. The registry Finding a lost will before or after death can be difficult so here are a few reasons that you may want to bear in mind when trying to decide if you should register your will.

  1. Storage is hassle-free 👌 For a small fee of £30, it’s possible to get your will registered with the National Will Register. This means that even if you lose your will during a house move or it gets damaged by the kids sticky fingers, that there is a copy online.

  2. Easy to find 💻 Your loved ones may not remember exactly where your physical copy of your will is, or you could end up losing it. Having your will registered means that they are able to find it easily, and quickly. All they would need to do is carry out a search on the register, have some personal information ready and your will would be shared.

  3. No lost inheritance 💎 If your loved ones are unable to find your will, there may be no way of knowing what your wishes are. Without a will, your estate would be divided up according to the rules of intestacy, meaning that a precious gift you wanted to leave to a special friend may not be given in the event of your death.

  4. Confidentiality 🔒 Having your will officially registered means that there is always a copy until after you’re no longer around. For your loved ones to get access to the will register they would need to provide a copy of your death certificate.

There isn’t a rule that says you should register your will in order for it to be legal, it’s perfectly valid to keep it at home in a safe place. But, it’s important to remember that it’s a bad idea to keep your will in a safety deposit box at a bank. This is because the bank can’t open the deposit box until your executor gets permission from the court to access it – but this actually can’t be granted without the will in the first place.

If you do decide to keep it at home, it’s a good idea to tell your executor where you have stored it. You may even want to consider writing the location down for them, so they have a written record of where to find it in the event of your death. With us, there is also always a copy on your dashboard in case it ends up lost.

At Bequest, we offer free print-at-home wills that are quick and easy to produce, but for £49 we can ensure that it is printed, bound and delivered to you, while also adding it to the National Will Register. This means that your loved ones will have no doubt of what your wishes are after you’re gone.

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FF Bequest Limited, trading as Bequest, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority with firm reference number 923791. You can check our authorisation on the FCA Financial Services Register by visiting the following website: register.fca.org.uk . We are registered in England and Wales, Registered office address: Founders Factory, Northcliffe House, London, United Kingdom, W8 5EH. Company Number 12367897.

Regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) [ZA662891]. “Bequest" is trademark protected by FF Bequest Limited (UK00003452648). FF Bequest Limited is registered in England and Wales, No 12367897.

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