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

Answers:

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. 


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