LOST WILL SOLICITOR - PROBATE COPY - REVOCATION
On more frequent occasions than one might imagine the situation of a lost will arises. The document that is normally used to obtain a Grant of Probate is the original signed and witnessed document however it is possible in certain circumstances for a lost will solicitor to prove a copy. The reasons for missing wills are many and various, it may be that an original is lodged with an unknown solicitor or is in a bank vault. There are occasions where the testator may have physically destroyed the original with the intention of revoking it or a disgruntled relative who came upon the will first may have destroyed it in the hope that an earlier more favourable will can take precedence or that the intestacy rules will put them in a more advantageous position than the destroyed will.
A lost will can lead to difficult events because depending on which copy is deemed to be the right and valid one, certain beneficiaries may then lose out. For example, the deceased might have made a will and then changed it for some reason, cutting out some of the people who would have benefited from the first one.
Now let us suppose that a later original will goes missing. The executor may try to prove that the second will was the valid one by obtaining probate on a copy, but those people who were cut out in that second will would want to prove the opposite by obtaining probate based on the first will.
In order to prove a copy of a lost will in the Probate Registry it will be necessary to produce evidence that shows that the will was not deliberately destroyed by the testator. A recent successful claim to prove a copy was successful as the original was last in the hands of a solicitor following which it was lost in the post. These cut and dried cases are rare and a potential executor should not expect proof of a copy to be an easy or straight forward task.
Lost Will Solicitors
Our lost will solicitors have extensive experience in proving misplaced will claims and of contesting claims to prove a copy. There may be many different reasons for contesting, but regardless of what the reason might be you can rest assured that our experts can advise you on your own particular situation. Our solicitors take cases on a no win no fee basis. If we do not win your case, you pay absolutely no legal fees or expenses of any kind. Our solicitors are qualified to handle cases involving lost wills, including proving a copy of the original. Contact us today for free legal advice about your case. Simply fill out the contact form on this website or phone us on our helpline. There is no charge for the consultation, and you are under no further obligations.