Lodgement of new registrations into the Registry's Wills Register has been discontinued, effective January 2013. The Wills Register will be closed in late 2013.
Searches relating to wills previously listed on the register may still be conducted. Further advice will be made available later in 2013.
Access to the Wills Register
While you are alive, only you or your authorised representative can access details of your will from the Wills Register.
An authorised representative may be your solicitor or the Executor to your estate.
The Registry cannot divulge any personal information regarding the contents of the will as it only records the location at which it is held.
Searching the Wills Register
While the Testator (person whose will it is) is alive, only they or their authorised representative can search the Wills Register.
You will need to supply at least three forms of identification from the categories below with your application.
Any person can search the Wills Register as long as the death can be established.
If the Testator dies in NSW, the applicant must provide the Registry with the date of death .
It the Testator dies outside of NSW, the applicant must provide the Registry with a copy of the Death Certificate, a Cause of Death Medical Certificate or a Coroner's order .
If a search identifies that a solicitor or other professional body holds the Will, the details will be released to the person requesting the search.
If the search identifies that the will is being stored other than with a solicitor, the person requesting the search will need to provide the Registry with at least three forms of identification before the information is released. See the Identification List below.
Please provide at least three (3) forms of identification, one of each from Categories 1, 2 and 3. If you are unable to provide identification from Categories 1 and 2, you must still provide at least three (3) forms of identification. At least two (2) of these must be from Category 3.