How to find a will
UPDATED: Sep 30, 2022
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How to find a will
Is there any way to find a will if it
wasn’t registered in TN?
Asked on July 25, 2017 under Estate Planning, Tennessee
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 5 years ago | Contributor
I assume that the Will was not filed with the probate court for safekeeping. That being the case, have you questioned the deceased's family members and/or friends regarding the whereabouts of any Will? Also, check to see if the deceased had a safety deposit box. If it's not in there, then go through any papers you can find in file cabinets and desk drawers. Basically look anywhere and everywhere. If you still don't find a Will, be on the lookout for a letter or business card from an attorney. If you find some communications from an attorney, contact them and ask if they drafted one for the deceased. If you can't find any information about an attorney, contact any other advisers that your grandfather may used; a financial planner or accountant, etc. may know something. You could also place a "Lost Will" ad in the local paper.
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