The Government has launched an online wills archive. The archive will allow people to access and view the 41 million wills which are held in the database.
Ordering a copy of an online will will cost £10 each. You will now be able to search online to find a will or ‘grant of representation’ for people who died in or after 1858. A grant of representation allows someone else to deal with a deceased person’s estate and this right is called ‘probate.’
The wills are available online after all were hand-scanned and uploaded. Before the launch of this new will archive wills were only available from 1996 onwards.