Lost Wills

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Should it be the case that a Will cannot be found by family members after death, it is possible for a copy of the Will to be submitted for probate. This would be a complex procedure, with the Executors providing very detailed evidence that the copy is true to the Testator’s intentions and that the original Will was attested. Matters will be made more complex if the last known location of the Will was in the Testator’s possession. In such a case, a presumption arises that the Testator has destroyed the Will with the intention of revoking it. This presumption is rebuttable by showing enough evidence of non-revocation. The exact amount of evidence required will vary from case to case, as the strength of the presumption of revocation varies depending on the level of security, or lack of it, of the Testator’s custody of the Will. The safer the Testator…

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Will Storage and Remote Attestation Forms

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Will Storage and Remote Attestation Forms A case of a lost Will can be very stressful whilst the testators’ family are already going through a difficult time following their loss, meaning a storage option should be offered to the client so the Will is kept in a safe place.   A common question WillPack are asked is ‘does WillPack offer document storage?’ the simple answer to this question is no. However, as an Affiliate member of SWW, storage is available to you via the Society of Will Writers (Services) Ltd. As part of their standard service, the Wills are scanned into their system for easy access at a later date and they check that the Wills have been signed and witnessed correctly. Via you, the consultant –  the testator(s) are then sent custody cards which provides a reference and contact details to retrieve the Will when required. Executor cards are…

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