Locating the Will of a Deceased Person
When someone close to you dies and you are unable to locate the will, a Lawyer may be able to help you. When seeking a will, the Lawyer will make the necessary enquiries of you to ensure that you are someone who is entitled to track it down i.e. a parent, child or spouse. To connect to a lawyer who can help you, visit www.seealawyer.com.au.
To have the peace of mind that your own will can be located when it is required, make sure you ask your Lawyer to register it on the Law Society’s Wills Register.
Law Firms in South Australia have access to the Law Society’s Wills Register identifying the Law Firm who either holds the will or created the will and may have useful information to assist you further. The Will Register is not an exhaustive list of all wills created; however, it currently contains over 70,000 wills and is continuing to grow over time.
If the will you are seeking is not on the register, your Lawyer can also place a notice in the Law Society’s weekly e-newsletter notifying Lawyers across the state that you are searching for this will, which can often lead to positive results. Individuals who do not have legal representation can also request a notice be placed in the Law Society’s weekly e-newsletter. Please contact Member of the Law Society staff, Elle Ashton on (08) 8229 0200 or via email to discuss the process of getting a Missing Will notice included in the weekly e-newsletter.
For further information on what to do when someone dies, visit the South Australian Government Births, Deaths and Marriages website
If you are a Lawyer looking for more information about the Wills Register, click here.