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. Millions of wills are registered nationally and internationally.
A copy (or Duplicate Copy) of a Will may be held with an attorney, institution, friend, home or an online digital storage. Registration identifies where those documents have been stored.
The U.S. Will Registry has registrations dated back to 1967.
Search by Name, Birthdate and State of the decease
If a match is found, indicating the missing will is registered, The U.S Will Registry will need to be provided: a) the searchers identification b) death certificate or copy of public Death Notice. Once obtained, the will’s location (or the name of the attorney who prepared the will) will be released to the family member listed in the Will Search.
If the registry does not produce a match, your information is then 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 that they, or their office, is in possession of.
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)
"When we performed a search in The U.S. Will Registry we were able to see who to contact for a copy for our grandmothers will, and the registration also told us where it was hidden in her bedroom. So thankful." (D. Hall)
"We had a last will for my dad, but we did a search in the Will Registry anyway. Shockingly, there was a more recent will registered. This saved our famliy a lot of hardship". (M. Strauss)
To search our national database for a missing Will, please fill out the below form.