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Will storage and retrieval

We provide a full service to our customers and offer to store their will for them.

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Will storage and retrieval explained

As part of our on-going support to our clients we offer a wills storage facility, free of charge, in our secure archive. You can retrieve your will at any point to review it, amend it or destroy it.

To retrieve your will, you would need to send a letter (we do not accept email requests) with the following information to the address below:

  • Your full name, postal address and contact telephone number
  • A formal request for your will(s) to be returned to you
  • Whether your will was initially made and stored with one of our legacy firms, and if so, which one
  • Certified copy photo ID e.g. passport or driving licence. For more information on certifying copy documents, visit www.gov.uk/certifying-a-document
  • Original or certified copy proof of address, such as a utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement etc, confirming your name and address and dated within the last three months

Address:

Slater and Gordon  

Document Retrievals Team

Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate

58 Mosley Street

Manchester   

M2 3HZ  

Once we receive your request you'll receive your will by Special Delivery within 15 working days.  We will also return your ID documents.  

Where is my will?

Whether you have written your will with one of our solicitors or with one of our legacy firms below, your will is stored centrally and securely in our will storage facility. The legacy firms include (this is not exhaustive):

  • Walker Smith Way
  • Pannone
  • Fentons (certain branches only)
  • Russell, Jones & Walker
  • Leo Abse & Cohen
  • Goodmans
  • Marrons

How do I retrieve a will as an executor or administrator?

We can only release the will of a person who has passed away to the executor or administrator of their estate. To retrieve the will, send a letter (we do not accept email requests) requesting the release of the will and providing the following information to the address below:

  • Your full name, postal address and contact telephone number
  • An original death certificate
  • Whether the will was made with one of our legacy firms, and if so, which one
  • Certified copy photo ID, e.g. passport or driving licence, for the person requesting the will. For more information on certifying copy documents, visit https://www.gov.uk/certifying-a-document
  • Original or certified copy proof of address, such as a utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement etc, confirming the name and address of the person requesting the will and dated within the last three months
  • If more than one executor is named in the will, please provide certified copy personal and address ID for the other executor(s) plus their written consent to the will being released to you as lead executor.

Address:

Slater and Gordon   

Document Retreivals Team

Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate

58 Mosley Street

Manchester   

M2 3HZ  

Why do we need this information?

We value your privacy and keep your will safe and secure. If someone requests to see your will, we will conduct a background check to ensure this person is entitled to retrieve your will. This is why we need the information mentioned above.

I am named executor of my parents' wills - can I see it before they die?

If your parents want to show you their will, they have to retrieve it themselves.. They then can show and explain it to you. As long as the person who made the will is alive, executors or administrators can't usually retrieve the will themselves.

We store other documents which are dealt with by our Document Retrievals Team, such as:

  • Lasting Powers of Attorney/Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Settlements
  • Trust Deeds
  • Title Deeds

Should you wish to retrieve any of the listed documents above, please email your enquiry to documentretrievalsteam@slatergordon.co.uk and our team will confirm the appropriate release procedure to you. This may differ from the wills procedure.

In particular, if the person who made the will no longer has mental capacity and now has a court-appointed Deputy or someone with Lasting Power of Attorney acting for them, the Deputy or Attorney can in certain situations request a copy of the person's will. To release a copy will, we would need to see either an original or certified copy Deputyship Order, or an original or certified copy registered Lasting Power of Attorney for Financial Affairs plus a medical certificate confirming the person's loss of capacity.  

We would not usually release the original will to a Deputy or Attorney.  

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