Experts Say

Karen Barrett, Chief Executive of, comments: “What is evident from our research are people’s good intentions to ensure loved ones are taken care of when they are no longer around.  However, it is worrying to see how few have a will in place, leaving no guarantee their wishes will be executed as they intended and potentially putting them and their family in a vulnerable position.

“When it comes to writing a will, procrastination rules for too many, with most believing they should make their will when they are older.  Those with wills are often unaware they can register their will too, which ensures loved ones will be able find your will when you are no longer around. Joining forces with, we are working to raise people’s awareness of the importance of writing and registering a will.  It is never too soon to make a will and it will provide you with the knowledge and peace of mind that your family will be protected and secure.”

Nigel McGinnity, Co-founder and CEO of, comments: “Writing a will is the first important step to take, the second is to ensure it can be found when you have passed on. If it cannot be found in the future, then writing it in the first place was meaningless. Every day Certainty Will Search find wills that otherwise would have been assumed lost or worse still never written forcing distribution of the estate down an intestacy route. Certainty has approaching 5 million wills allocated to its register and registration is totally confidential. The fact that a will has been written and registered remains confidential until after death and even then only your executors or beneficiaries would be contacted.  During Write and Register a Will Week you are able to register your will totally free of charge and takes a couple of minutes.”

Nigel McGinnity is Co-founder and CEO of, sponsor of Write and Register a Will Week. For more information on will writing and registration visit

Certainty the National Will Register works to ensure that a person’s Will is not overlooked, lost or untraced following their death and, as far as possible, that a Will is administered in accordance with the testators wishes.