If someone dies and the evidence is that they had the Will in their own possession, but it cannot be found, the legal inference is that they revoked the Will by destroying it. Where this happens an earlier Will may be revived, or there may be an intestacy.
The truth is that sometimes even important documents like Wills are mislaid, and sadly it is also the case that opportunistic relatives have been known to destroy Wills the contents of which do not suit them.
Our advice is that Wills should always be prepared by and executed under the supervision of a Solicitor, and the original document should be kept by the Solicitor in secure conditions. We keep Wills that are prepared by our firm (or lodged with us by clients even if prepared elsewhere) indefinitely and without charge.
If you are thinking about making a Will we are happy to help, our receptionist will ask one of our specialist members of staff to speak to you. Simply call, write or email:
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