How to obtain a copy of my deceased’s grandfather’s Will?

My grandfather indeed has a Will; he told me and others in our family. My grandfather’s new wife/widow will not establish communication with the family since his death. I’m sure his new wife/widow has a copy of the Will.

Asked on October 26, 2011 under Estate Planning, Missouri

Answers:

L.P., Member, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

 

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your deceased grandfather has a Will and if his estate is now being probated, then all you have to do is go down to the court house where the probate file is for his estate and ask the court clerk to review the file. A probated matter is a public record.

If there is no probate of your grandfather's Will, obtaining a copy of it becomes more problematic. If you know the names of attorneys that your grandfather may have used while he was alive, I would contact them asking if they know of the whereabouts of any Will of your grandfather.

The last option is to write your grandfather's widow asking about the whereabout of any known Will of his. I would keep a copy of the letter for future reference.

Good luck.


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