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Contacting beneficiaries

A woman posting a letter in a postboxOnce the grant of probate has been issued, your loved one’s Will becomes a public document, which can be requested for a fee from the Probate Registry. It’s good practice to contact all the individuals, charities and organisations who benefit under your loved one’s Will once the grant has been issued.

Your duty as executor is to act in the beneficiaries’ best interests while carrying out your loved one’s wishes.

It’s likely that the beneficiaries will also be able to help you with queries that may have come up during administration.

If you have trouble finding the beneficiaries named in your loved one’s Will, specialist tracing companies can help find a person for a fee.

The Charity Commission may be able to help you locate charities who have changed their name.

Arthritis Research UK’s former names

Arthritis Research UK has had a few different names since the charity was founded in 1936. It was formerly known as:

  • Empire and Rheumatism Council for Research in Great Britain and the Commonwealth
  • Arthritis and Rheumatism Council for Research in Great Britain and the Commonwealth
  • Arthritis Research Campaign.

You can see all of the relevant documents for free at

Alternatively, you can download our change of name certificates (PDF 139 KB) to confirm our identity.

Need some help?

If we can support you in any way, please contact:

Catherine Whitehead, legacy administrator, on
or 01246 541 156
Anna Draper, legacy administration manager, on or 01246 541 113.

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