HC Deb 25 July 1912 vol 41 c1382W

asked the Attorney-General what steps have been taken to provide for the safe custody in England and Wales of the wills of living persons under Section 91 of the Court of Probate Act, 1857?


In pursuance of the provisions of the Court of Probate Act, 1857 (20 and 21 Viet. c. 77, Sec. 91), the Principal Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice, Somerset House, Strand, London, is the depository provided for the wills of living persons. A will deposited for safe custody is put in an envelope, which is sealed in the presence of the depositor. It is then placed in the Strong Room (fire-proof) in a box which is kept locked. In this room are all the original wills proved at the Principal Probate Registry.