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A guide to searching for death and burial records in Southwark

Wills and probate

A will sets out how the testator (the person who has written the will) would like their estate to be dealt with after their death. They can be useful in finding out other information about surviving family members and provide information about the testator’s life.

Probate allows a person the legal right to deal with the estate of a deceased person. 

Ancestry hold a selection of records:

Probate records and wills for England and Wales can also be searched on

Page last updated: 16 December 2022

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