How do I go about searching for a more current Will of a deceased after another Will has been submitted?

I believe that the Will that was submitted by the executrix was an old Will and it benefited her. I am convinced that there have been subsequent Wills,but how do I go about finding them outside of the executrix’s care? I would not be able to contact the deceased’s lawyer who may have drafted any current Wills, as the only person who exists who would know the name of the lawyer would be the executrix. I do not believe that she would release this information.

Asked on November 9, 2012 under Estate Planning, New Jersey

Answers:

Catherine Blackburn / Blackburn Law Firm

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You probably should contact an attorney in New York to assist or at least provide advice.  You may wish to contest the will or conduct discovery in the probate to be satisfied that there is no newer will.

Once the will is admitted to probate, you should be able to see it.  You may have to go to the courthouse to look at it, but it should identify the lawyer who drafted it.  You could then contact that lawyer to see if he or she prepared a later will.

You could also contact the lawyer representing the estate/executrix, express your concerns, and ask what has been done to verify that there is no later will.  Most probate lawyers are very careful to make sure everything is appropriate.

Good luck.


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