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How Do I Find Out If I'm a Beneficiary in a Friend's Will?

Discussion in 'Wills and Estate Planning Law Forum' started by Jeff48, 21 June 2014.

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  1. Jeff48

    Jeff48 Member

    21 June 2014
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    I have found out that my friend died in 2008 and I think that he may have left me something in his will. All I know at this stage is that he died somewhere near Hervey Bay in Queensland and as with most alcoholics, he died alone I believe and had lost touch with any family and friends.

    Apparently his ashes were not wanted by anyone but eventually his step sister took them but I don't know her name or whereabouts. So I don't know for sure where he died, except it was in Queensland and I do not know the funeral people or his sisters name. It's a big ask but this forum is the only avenue left to seek advice. How can a lawyer help me with finding out whether I am a beneficiary or not.

    Thank you.
  2. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

    28 April 2014
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    A lawyer can help you find out the date and place of of death; and
    whether or not he had a will, and if so, who the executor was; and
    what happened to anything that was in your friend's estate
    after paying off any debts and bills and final expenses.

    You would do best to engage a solicitor in the state where he died.
    If that was Queensland, then you can search for one here:

    • You don't have to live in Queensland to instruct a Queensland solicitor.
    • You may not have to actually go to Queensland for a solicitor there
      to do work for you.
    • There will be paperwork to sign, and the solicitor will bill you for the work.
    • The bill may exceed the amount in the estate, and you will still have to pay it
      even it the lawyer's work turns up nothing.

    Good luck.
  3. James D. Ford - Solicitor

    James D. Ford - Solicitor Well-Known Member

    19 June 2014
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    Jeff & Margaret

    Have you located a Solicitor to assist you?

    Kind regards, James
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