Missing or lost original will – can a copy be used?

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Probate applications require production of the original will.  But what if the original can’t be found? Was the will last known in the deceased’s possession?

Sometimes a copy of an executed will (copy will) of the deceased is available.  Was it the last will? Short of an intestacy, can a copy will be used in an application for probate? 

In certain circumstances a Court will recognise a lost will and admit a copy of it to probate.  Some instances where this has been permitted are mentioned below.

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