The Registry holds the location of a Will
When it comes to Wills we understand we are dealing with the personal, sensitive information of New Zealanders. We also appreciate being able to find an individual’s last Will is vitally important. The trouble is they can often be hard to locate, making this a long and tedious process.
Kōwhiri created the New Zealand Will Registry to make finding a Will easy and cost-effective, with one place for lawyers to register and search for Wills.
The Will Registry was developed with extensive feedback from the New Zealand legal community – you’ll find it’s a secure, easy to use website that holds the location of registered Wills, so you can get in touch with the lawyer who holds the Will you’re looking for.
Tested and secure
We also understand security of information is extremely important to you and your clients. You can be assured the Registry has completed and passed a full online penetration test conducted by a specialised, independent security company trusted by banks and other financial institutions.
Will Registry Features
Access for practicing lawyers
Access for your assistants
With permission from the registered lawyer, an assistant can also register and use the Registry on the lawyer’s behalf.
Registration is free
If you’re an approved lawyer, you can register for FREE! (Note: The Registry only stores the location of a Will, not a copy.)
Wills can be registered individually or in bulk.
Searching the Registry is simple and inexpensive.
Can’t find a will? You can message all registered lawyers and ask if they have a copy.
Will Registry Benefits
Save time and money
Find the Will you’re looking for quickly and easily, reducing your time and cost.
Locate a Will quickly
If you’re acting as executor you’ll want to efficiently and accurately fulfill your clients wishes and your obligations – registering a client’s Will helps lawyers to find it quickly and easily.
What users say...
"The NZ Will Registry is a fantastic resource - a simple and long overdue alternative to find where a Will is held. We're now registering all our clients' Wills with the NZ Will Registry"