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Find a Will

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 Wills - 1858-Present - UK



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You won’t be able to access the will straight after ordering it. You’ll get an email when it is ready to download, and this should happen within 10 days. You will then be able to log in and save it to your computer. After you have logged in, it will be available for 31 days, so make sure that you save it before then.

If you have ordered more than one will, then they may be ready to download at different times. You’ll get an email when each one is ready.

You can only see the last will that the person made, as this is the only one that is ‘proved’ (valid), even if they made more than one will during their lifetime.

You won’t be able to see any grants, or any details about the estate that was left (for example, how much money was left).

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For soldiers wills 1850 - 1986 you will then need to select the Soldier’s Wills’ tab

The UK Government Find a Will facility allows you to search online for the wills of any person in the UK who died in or after 1858.

You need both the surname of the person and the year they died to search for a will. This matches the way information is stored in the archives. If you do not know the exact year of death, enter the approximate year, and then use the ‘previous’ and ‘next’ links to search the years before and after that.

If you have more information, for example, the person’s first name, and the exact date of their death etc., then you can use this to narrow your search for wills 1996 or later. Use theadvanced search’ option to enter these details.

Each will costs £10 to download (the £10 charge is required by law for the release of public documents). You can pay online using a debit or credit card.

If you are unable to pay with a credit or debit card, then you can download form PA1S from https://www.gov.uk/wills-probate-inheritance/searching-for-probate-records. The form will have an address to send it to together with your cheque. This service will take 4 weeks.