Will Scanning

In 2018 we developed a system for the scanning of original Wills, Codicils and Powers of Attorney using non-invasive methods after we were approached by a large Law Firm who had identified an issue whereby potential probate clients could be ‘poached’ during the time taken to retrieve Wills from off-site storage. 

A trial project was so successful that it was immediately expanded to encompass all the Wills held by the company – a total of over 120,000 Wills.

A number of benefits have subsequently been realised:

  • The ability to view a Clients’ Will on demand has allowed the probate department to quickly answer questions or start the probate process immediately, leading to better customer service, client retention and increased revenue.
  • The authenticity of the scanned Will is guaranteed through the application of a digital signature and RFC 3161 timestamp which can verify that the document has not been tampered with since its creation.
  • As general correspondence can be scanned and removed from the Will packet, a reduction in storage costs can been seen due to more efficient use of space.
  • Document retrieval costs have been reduced as original Wills are only requested when absolutely necessary.
  • The scanned Wills form an invaluable backup in the event of the accidental loss of, or damage to, the original hard copy, thus enhancing data security.

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