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Lichfield expert urges people to register their will

Lost wills mean People in Burntwood and Lichfield could be missing out on their inheritance.

Marie Tisdale

Marie Tisdale

The warning comes from Marie Tisdale, wills and probate partner at Ansons solicitors in Lichfield.

A recent public survey showed 67 per cent of the people surveyed were unaware of the location of their parents’ will – meaning they could experience difficulties in claiming their rightful inheritance when the time comes.

A new online National Wills Register, called Certainty, has now been set up in response to difficulties experienced in finding wills.

Ansons Solicitors is currently the only firm of solicitors within Lichfield to be able to register a will with the National Wills Register.

Marie said:

“If your will is not found, then your loved ones may not receive the inheritance that you would wish as your assets would be distributed according to the law, and of course family disputes can occur. So for your own peace of mind, the best advice is to make or review your Will and register it with the Certainty National Wills Register.”

Certainty works by recording which solicitor holds the will and following a death providing the solicitor with the details of any legitimate person looking for it.

Until December 31 Ansons solicitors are offering to register a will with Certainty for a one-off fee of £15 – saving £10 from the normal price.

Marie added:

“Everyone who cares about what happens to their assets after they die should make a will and review it regularly especially when they experience a major life change such as getting married, having children or moving house.

“By registering your will you will gain the peace of mind that your loved ones can easily locate your will when the time comes.”

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