Finding a Will

How do I find a Will? What do I do?Finding the last Will of a loved one can be a difficult task, and can represent an added layer of emotional stress in an already difficult time.  Fortunately there are services available that can help you locate a Will so that you and your family can focus all your attention to celebrating the life of your loved one.

Should you need to locate a Will, whether it be to investigate ancestry lineage or close out an estate, consider utilizing the following resources:

  1. There is a Public Trustee service in each state and territory of Australia.  Each Public Trustee maintains a wills database that might hold the will of your deceased loved one.  Your lawyer can quickly guide you through this process.
  2. There are independent companies that can conduct a will search, however these services can at times be cost prohibitive.  It is typically advised to utilise your Trust & Estate Lawyer to conduct the search as they have ready access to a number of wills databases and have a pre-established relationship with the family.
  3. If you are unable to locate the will through these search services, there is a possibility that the will is simply being housed elsewhere.  Did the deceased have a safety deposit box that might contain the will or a close friend to whom they entrusted this important document?

We understand that this is a difficult task to complete.  There’s a certain vulnerability you feel going through your loved ones files or boxes.

The idea of calling an institution or law firm may fill you with dread.

You don’t need to shoulder the burden of locating a will on your own.  The team at What do I do? can be extremely helpful in locating the will or putting you in touch with a suitable lawyer to help you through.

You can focus your energies on celebrating their memory rather than the being bogged down with logistics.

Related Posts

It’s time to address your Estate planning ‘Estate Planning’, it’s something that we put off.  Perhaps because we don’t feel like we have an ‘estate‘ or perhaps our ‘estate’ is too complex.  Some have lodged a will 20 years ago, the majority of us still haven’t ever got around to… Read more…

The New South Wales Succession Act (“the Succession Act”) and associated regulations allows for an application to be made to the Court for protection of a person who has lost testamentary capacity. Read more…

left out a will what do i do lawyer

The following case study is from a Sydney Law Firm specialising in Will Disputes.   The main points of this case are:- When one parent remarries and leaves the estate to the new spouse. Power of Attorney sells home and buys a new home in his name only. Read more…

Gay relationships in death what do I do

I was in a gay relationship and my partner died. We didn’t have Wills in place and had only been together for 18 months. Read more…

Related listings

Kirkby & Associates Lawyers

02 9874 3800

1 Eden Park Drive, Macquarie Park, NSW, 2113, Australia

9:00-18.00 Mon-Fri

G02, 1 Eden Park Drive
Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Array

Kirkby and Associates Lawyers are specialists in the area of Conveyancing and Wills and Estates. We can assist you with environmental law concerns, the buying and selling of businesses, the leasing and purchasing of commercial premises, employment agreements, partnership agreements and other commercial documents. Read more…

Koolik & Associates Lawyers

07 3482 3333

5 Discovery Drive North Lakes QLD 4509

8:30am - 5:00pm week days - Saturday, Sunday Closed

Array

Confidently seek our professional advice on three broad areas – Family & De Facto Law, Wills & Estates Law and Conveyancing Law. Koolik & Associates Lawyers is a law firm located in the heart of North Lakes, just north of Brisbane. Read more…

JJ Honeyman & Associates

0292313344

Level 5 / 300 George St Sydney CBD NSW 2000

9:00am - 5:00am week days - Saturday, Sunday Closed

Array

Established in 1973, we are a small, friendly firm centrally located at Wynyard in the CBD and dedicated exclusively to the delivery of prompt and personalised service. Read more…

Lloyds and Barclay Lawyers

0383206343

37B Lancaster Street Bentleigh East VIC 3165

9:00am - 5:30pm week days - Saturday, Sunday By Appointment Only

Array

Our firm offers expert legal services for businesses, individuals and community organisations in Australia. Lloyds and Barclay Lawyers have recently merged with Abrahams Meese Lawyers. Read more…

A S Laumberg Solicitor

02 93717243

6/ 527 Old South Head Rd Rose Bay NSW 2029

Array

Over 30 years' experience in many areas of law. Competitive prices. First consultation free. Common sense advice and efficient service. Read more…