How can I find a missing Will?

Asked on October 9, 2013 under Estate Planning, California


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If the deceased had an attorney, you can start by asking the deceased's attorney if s/he has a copy or knows where one might be hidden.  You can look on the deceased's computer for any will that may have been created using software.  You can look in all the obvious places, such as a lock box or fireproof box of safety deposit box at the bank.  There is no "legal" way to look, as wills do not get "filed" anywhere prior to death.  Sometimes people give copies to the people they name as beneficiaries.  You could ask anyone you think falls into that category.

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