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Many people make Wills years or even decades before their death and this means that sometimes, in the event of a death, a will is hard to locate. If you are in a situation where a loved one has sadly died and you are finding it difficult to find their will and details of their final wishes Ridley & Hall solicitors can help.
We have helped many families to deal with the impact of trying to resolve an estate without a Will, and our expert team has experience in working through complex situations where potentially contentious decisions have been made in the absence of a Will.
To find out more about how we can help you and your family to resolve a situation in which there is a missing will contact us today. You can either call us on 0843 289 4640 or send a free enquiry and one of our team will be in touch.
The Law Surrounding Lost Wills
If a Will cannot be found then it is presumed that the document has been destroyed. In these situations the burden of responsibility will fall on the beneficiaries – they must prove that the Will was not in fact revoked.
If a Will has been lost, destroyed or for some other reason cannot be found you can apply to the court for other documents to be accepted in its place. Documents which can be accepted in place of a Will are:
- Copies of the Will
- Completed drafts
- Evidence of the contents of the Will
Often, these documents can be found with the original writer of the Will or a solicitor.
When it comes to lost Wills each case is different, and we look at each situation on its individual merits. We offer bespoke solutions and will always strive to find the best outcome for you and your family.
Get in Touch with Ridley & Hall
If you are trying to deal with the estate of a loved one and a lost Will is causing problems the experts here at Ridley & Hall will be able to advise on the best solution for your situation.
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