WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU CANNOT FIND A WILL?

What happens if a Will cannot be found among the deceased’s papers but is understood to have been made, enquiries should be made and an advertisement placed, if necessary? An Application may be made to the Registry to accept a copy will for the purpose of obtaining probate. Even a draft or a reconstruction may be acceptable so long as someone has extensive knowledge as to its contents. Where a Will was returned to the person making the Will, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the presumption is that it was revoked by being destroyed. If a Will is believed to be in the care of someone who refuses to release it, an Application may be made to the Probate Registry.

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