where can i find a will if the law firm that wrote it no longer exists?

the law firm that wrote the will filed chapter 11 in 2006

Asked on March 21, 2018 under Estate Planning, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First of all, a law firms is not required to keep a copy of a Will that it drafted. However, many times Wills are deposited with the local probate court for safekeeping, so you can check there. Assumeing that you have already questioned friends and other family members, see if the deceased had a safety deposit box. If that's not successful then go through any papers you can find in file cabinets, desk drawers or even pages of a bible, etc. If you still don't find the Will, then contact any other advisers that the deceased may used such as a financial planner or accountant who may know something of its whereabouts. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.