How do I find my parents’ Will?

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How do I find my parents’ Will?

My parents have become incoherent at a very fast pace, with no time to ask where

their Will is. How do go about finding it?

Asked on December 14, 2016 under Estate Planning, Michigan


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I supposed that you have questioned her other family members or her friends. If not you should do so. If that is of no help, then check for a letter or business card from an attorney. If you find one, contact that person and ask if they drafted a Will for your parents. If you can't locate the lawyer any other way, start calling attorneys in town to see if they drafted a Will for them. If that doesn't work, you could try and contact any adviser that your mother may have had such as an accountant, financial planner, etc.) to see if they know something. Additionally, you could also place a "lost will" ad in the local newspaper. Also, check with the Probate Court in the county where your parents reside to see if a Will was filed with the Court. Further, if they had a safety deposit box, look there. If that's not successful then go through any papers you can find in file cabinets, desk drawers, in the back of the closet, between the pages of a bible, etc.

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