A frequently asked question is whether the original will is required by the probate registry when applying for probate. The simple answer is yes. But what happens when the original will is lost ? and only a copy can be found ?
If an original will is lost and only a copy can be located you should immediately seek legal advice. The reason for this is that probate registry will always insist on very detailed evidence addressing exactly what has arisen to the original will and most importantly, whether anyone is prejudiced by the copy will, in other words what would happen under the intestacy rules if there was no will.
Understandably if there is a variance between the copy will and the intestacy this can cause considerable problems and therefore great care should be sought whenever the probate registry require evidence relating to the copy will.
We regularly help families with issues concerning copy will applications and have a proven record in this area. If the original will has been lost or misplaced or even lost be another solicitor – we can help. Please contact us on 0845 568 4000 or e-mail email@example.com