How to obtain a Copy of a Will in New York

Contrary to what you’ll see in TV and the movies, people don’t really get together and read the last will and testament of a recently deceased relative. The person’s lawyer would usually just provide each interested party with their own copy, but sometimes this doesn’t happen.  If you believe that you’re a beneficiary of your family member’s will, you should get a copy, so you’ll understand what you’ll get from the estate.

How you can get the copy of the will depends on its legal status. When a person drafts their will, it’s usually not filed at court while they’re alive. They usually keep them at home or send to the lawyers who help them with it. It’s only filed after they pass away.

Requesting a Will Copy from Probate Court

If the will was filled in a New York court, then it’ll be opened and go into public record. Before you can do this, you’ll need to get the will’s probate court file number. Usually, the deceased’s lawyer can provide this, but you can also get it in person from the courthouse by simply giving the name and date of death of your relative.

If you don’t live in New York, you can call the court clerk, but they can only provide you with the case number and hearing dates. It’s best to hire a professional retriever to get the documents, so you won’t have to visit the place yourself.

Retrieving an Unfiled Will

Unfiled wills are technically private documents, making them harder to access. But if you’re a named beneficiary, then you can contact the executor to let you see the documents. If you don’t know who it is, check the death certificate, you can find their name there.

Why Hire a Document Retriever?

woman retrieving a legal documentRetrieving legal documents in person like wills can take a long time and cost money, especially if it’s located outside of your state. It’s smarter and more practical to hire a professional document retriever as your representative. This way you won’t have to deal with the hassle of traveling and the legal technicalities.

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Depending on the location, our team can arrive at courts, offices, and agencies in a matter of hours to get your documents. We’ll make sure to keep you posted throughout the entire process, so you’ll know about the progress.

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