How do I find out if my brother had a Will and. if so, was it probated?

Asked on September 24, 2013 under Estate Planning, Alabama


Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You can find out if his estate was probated by finding out whether a case was filed in the probate court for the county where he lived. If no probate has been filed, it will be more difficult to find out if he had a Will. Wills are almost never filed before a person dies. The Will, if it exists, could be among your brother's important financial papers, in his lawyer's possession, or in a safe deposit box at his bank.

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