As estate planning lawyers, we come across so many questions from clients. One of the most common questions we get is, “where can I find a copy of the will or all the records concerned with the case?”
The good thing is that probate is a public process, which means that the records are available to access and read. For instance, if the representative has submitted a will, you can acquire a copy.
With contemporary technology, the capability to acquire info regarding the deceased is easy, and in many cases, free.
The more information you have regarding the case, the easier the process becomes!
While it might not be possible to access authentic copies of the records relating to a probate hearing, the minimum you can know is the different types of materials that have been presented to the probate court. You should also be able to identify the representative of the estate, the names of the presiding judge, and the lawyer that the representative is using.
If you can’t access pertinent information regarding the case, you can request for information from the office of the court clerk, or the representative.