How can we find out if my mom had a Will?

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How can we find out if my mom had a Will?

Asked on June 30, 2015 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

First of all, I assume that you have gone through all of her things, including any safety deposit boxes. Also, people hide Wills in strange places. Look through the family bible or the pages of other books, or places where it could be taped (i.e. the the bottom of drawers or the back of a paintings, etc). If none of that produces any results, then call attorneys in her town or surrounding areas to see if they know anything about a Will. Additionally, you can also go through past bank statements to see if there was a charge to a law firm; they may have drafted one for her and have a copy. Also, some people file their Wills with the county probate court for safe keeping, so check there. Finally, you can ask other family members and her close friends if they about a Will. In that regard if she had an accountant check with them; sometimes people ask�a financial advisor for an attorney�referral, so they may have the name of a lawyer who might have written one for her.


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