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What if we never find my father’s will in Delaware County?

Posted on Tue Sep 1, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: The Delaware County Lost Will

Most Recently Updated July 20, 2018.

“My father became ill the year before his death. He lived in Delaware County. I think that in the confusion his Will was thrown away. What if we can never find my father’s Will?”

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Delaware County Lost Will

Delaware County Lost Will

If you can locate a copy of the will, and if it can be shown that your father did not wish for it to be revoked, then the copy might be accepted. If you cannot even find a copy of the Will, then your father will be deemed to have died without a Will, and his estate can be opened with the Register of Wills as an Administration.

The person appointed to manage the estate is then not an “executor,” but is called the “Administrator.” Your father’s assets will then be divided up under the Pennsylvania Rules of Intestacy. I could assist you in determining your share of the estate if I had more information about what family members survived your dad.

More Probate Questions?

The lost will is only part of the overall probate process. By all means, if you wish to learn more, please read my more detailed article, The Probate Process All You Need to Know.

In Conclusion: Delaware County Lost Will

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining the consequences of a lost will. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!

Let our Probate Lawyers help walk you through what can be a confusing process. To begin with, call to speak to one of our experienced Probate Attorneys.  By all means, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions. In fact, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. Ultimately our goal is to make the process as painless as possible!

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