There are a number of places you can check if someone has died to see where their will has been stored.

You should check:

  • the person’s paperwork at home
  • with their solicitor
  • with their bank
  • companies that offer the storage of wills - you can search online
  • the Principal Registry of the Family Division

Solicitors, banks and will storage companies need proof of the death (the medical or death certificate) and proof that you’re the executor named in the will.

Contact the Principal Registry of the Family Division

The will may be stored at the Principal Registry of the Family Division.


The Principal Registry of the Family Division
Record Keeper's Department

First Avenue House

42-49 High Holborn

London
WC1V 6NP


The Principal Registry of the Family Division

Telephone: 020 7947 7022
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

The Principal Registry of the Family Division
 needs proof of the death - and that you’re the executor named in the will. If there are no executors, you may still be able to get the will.

An executor is someone named in a will who deals with a person’s property and possessions after they die.

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