How to find out if someone had a will

A person fills out a will to determine how his personal property and assets will be divided after the person's death. Depending on the state, the will has to follow certain requirements of the law. Most states require that the person be at least 18 years old and be of sound mind to draft the will. The person must also have two witnesses present to the drafting and signing of the will. If you are curious about whether someone who is deceased had a will, you can contact certain people who may have that information.

Locate the witnesses who signed the will. The person who wrote the will, called the testator, needed at least two witnesses to the making and the signing of the will. Ask relatives and close friends of the testator if they signed.

Contact the attorney who helped draft the will on behalf of the testator. The testator should have had the attorney's number in an address book or on a contact card. Ask the testator's attorney regarding any will.

Check the probate division for the office of the register of wills. Give the probate clerk the testator's full name, date of death and other requested information. The probate clerk can inform you if anybody had filed a will in the previous 90 days.

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Based in southwestern Pennsylvania, Michelle Hickman has written since 2006 on an array of topics including lifestyle, writing instruction and financial services. Her first articles appeared in "The Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Focus Magazine." She holds a certification in computer and information science from Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center.