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NSW No Fee for Lawyer to Give Me Copy of Will?

Discussion in 'Wills and Estate Planning Law Forum' started by Chloe2u, 24 August 2014.

  1. Chloe2u

    Chloe2u Active Member

    23 August 2014
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    Need copy of my mums will contacted lawyer online who got all my details.He stated he will get copy of will free of charge but any further action taken will be charged but stated he will let me know first. Is this normal practise? Can a trust his verbal promise?
  2. winston wolf

    winston wolf Well-Known Member

    21 April 2014
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    Sounds like a nice thing to do.
    Why would you be suspicious?
    I would compare it to going to a cafe and they give you a glass of water when you arrive which is free, but if you order a coffee you will need to pay.
    I'm sure if they handle the will the cost of printing and postage wont break the budget ;)
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  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer
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    28 April 2014
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    1. Is your mother alive?
      If yes, then why do you need to see the will?
      Consider that there is no general entitlement to see a will
      if the person is alive.

    2. The lawyer - if you don't trust him, don't deal with him.
      That said, if he's your mother's lawyer, then you may have no choice.

    3. Section 54 of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW) provides for copies
      to be supplied at the requestor's expense.
      I would expect the time taken to locate the document and make the copy
      to be billable. Even if that's just one six-minute billing unit.
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