When the original will of a deceased person can’t be found, the task of finalising their affairs and administering their estate becomes more complicated, time-consuming and costly. It is therefore worthwhile to undertake methodical searches of the deceased’s residence, thoroughly searching high and low for a will or testamentary document, including the garage, shed and the like. But what else can be done? Some suggestions follow as to where enquiries might be made. More
Keeping an original will safe and secure is one thing, (see storing a will), but as a practical matter, it is important to let executors know, or family or a trusted friend, of its whereabouts.
But what if for some reason an original will cannot be located, despite thorough searches? Some additional enquiries which may be made in finding a missing will is discussed here. If a deceased person has not left a valid will, the intestacy rules apply. More