Locating a missing will through The U.S. Will Registry involves a simple search. This search taps into a national database registry that stores the location of a will and final estate documents.

A copy (or Duplicate Copy) of a Last Will may be held with an attorney, an institution, a friend, or at home. A Will registered with The U.S. Will Registry identifies where those documents have been stored. The U.S. Will Registry has registrations dated back to 1967.

Finding a missing will using The U.S. Will Registry is easy.

  1. Search by name, birthdate and State of the deceased
  2. If a match is found, then verification and documentation will be required prior to release of registration. 
  3. Once obtained, the will’s location (or the name of the attorney who prepared the will) will be released.
  4. If the registry does not produce a match, that isn't the end of the process.  Your information is entered into a "missing will database."  Attorneys are able to search this database, letting them know that loved ones are looking for a potentially lost will they, or their office, is in possession of.   
  5. If the missing will exists, the lawyer can reach out to the family member listed in the Will Search.

 

Take it from the people we have been able to help:

"My family had no idea who the attorney was that drafted my dad’s will. Thankfully, his attorney registered the will and we were able to locate it through the registry.” (S. Pollak)

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"Our grandmother gave her will to a friend of hers. When we performed a search in The U.S. Will Registry 14 years later, we were able to see who to contact for a copy of her will. So thankful."   (D. Hall)

To search our national database for a missing Will, please fill out the below form.

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The fee for searching The U.S. Will Registry for a missing will is $12.95. (One fee includes up to 3 searches)

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