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Is There A National Register of Wills?
Mar 18th, 2007 at 9:36am
 
I know in some countries, notaries register all wills in a central database. So when someone dies, you just apply there to find out if the deceased made a will. Is there such a position in Scotland? If someone has recently died, does the fact that there is no will found in their desk mean that they died intestate? Maybe they made a will unknown, possibly even in another part of Scotland?
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Re: Is There A National Register of Wills?
Reply #1 - Mar 18th, 2007 at 5:37pm
 
I assume that you know someone who has died and are unable to locate a will.

There is no obligation to register a will in Scotland, although this can be done either in the Books of Council and Session (part of registers of Scotland in Edinburgh) or in the Books of the (Local) Sheriff Court. However registration is normally only done as part of the executary process, when winding up the estate (ie after death) and for the most part wills for people who are still alive are either kept by the person themselves, among their papers, in a bank box, between pages in a bibe (in one case Grin), or if the will was drawn up by a solicitor it is likely that the lawyer will have the will in their safe.

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Reply #2 - Mar 19th, 2007 at 8:05am
 
Thank you for the reply, yes, I feared that was the case.

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Re: Is There A National Register of Wills?
Reply #3 - Apr 3rd, 2007 at 4:35pm
 
what often happens is that a solicitor will write to lots of other solicitors asking them to check their will safe in case they have a will for the deceased.

Sometimes people put in ads looking for wills. As you say, its not easy if the deceasd didn't let anyone know if they had made a will, and if so where it is kept.
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