If an individual has died and you have not been provided with a copy of the will you may wish to find out who benefits from their estate so that you can decide whether to contest the will. The will could be provided by agreement with the executor who should have been provided with a will on the death of the testator. All beneficiaries have a right to know that they are a beneficiary of a will.
If an executor won’t provide a copy of the will then a search can be lodged at the Probate Registry. If a will has been prepared then it would be made public when a Grant of Probate is applied for.
A standing search is a simple form that can be obtained from any District Probate Registry or from the internet. Details including the deceased’s full name, last address and date of death, together with details of the person lodging the standing search would be required. A standing search can be completed and registered with the Probate Registry for a fee of £6.