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VIC Late Brother’s Will - How Do I Get Copy?

Discussion in 'Wills and Estate Planning Law Forum' started by Monica Rose, 22 December 2014.

  1. Monica Rose

    Monica Rose New Member

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    Hi. I have a question regarding my late brother’s will. I have reason to believe that I am the main beneficiary however it has been hidden from me by other family members.

    Firstly, is this legal? Secondly, how could I go about attaining a copy for myself?
     
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Hi Monica,

    The beneficiary of a Will is entitled to receive a copy of the Will in its entirety if they make a formal request to the Executor to do so. TheExecutor must acknowledge the request and send the beneficiary a copy of the Will. The beneficiary may be liable for any expenses related to producing and sending the copy.

    Check out these other threads with more info:


    https://www.lawanswers.com.au/threads/how-to-get-a-copy-of-family-wills.1614/#post-5873
    https://www.lawanswers.com.au/threads/how-to-get-a-copy-of-family-wills.1614/#post-5874
    https://www.lawanswers.com.au/threads/executor-of-will-breaking-the-law.1214/#post-4487
     
  3. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    Hi Monica,

    The will is usually left with a solicitor or firm. You can also make a formal (i.e. written and signed) request to the solicitor who possesses the will, for a copy. If probate is sought, then the will would have been lodged with the Supreme Court's Probate Registry. If this is the case, you can also contact the court and request a copy. You will need to pay a filing and photocopy fee in this case.
     
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