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    wesley90 is offline Junior Member
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    My late grandmother's will, where can I find it?

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? I reside in Maryland, My late grandmother lived in Ohio.

    My father passed away in 2001 when I was 14 years old and my grandmother told my mother at the time that my fathers share of her will (1/3 because she had 3 children) would go to my brother and I. Well my grandmother passed away last year and surviving are her husband and her remaining two children, my aunt and uncle. My brother and I haven't heard a thing from anybody about what happend to my fathers share of the will. Now she lived in Ohio and I reside in Maryland. I was wondering how I could get ahold of her will because it is a public document correct? I don't know who her lawyer was and I would like to find out what the will said without my aunt finding out. I know asking her would be the easy way but that just seems rude.

    Any ideas and advice is greatly appreciated.
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    IF the will has been admitted to probate, you can get a copy for the probate court. Likely to be in the county of her last residency.
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    wesley90 is offline Junior Member
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    Why would a will go to probate?
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    because it has to if it is to be enforced.
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    Mr. Justalayman is quite right. The Will will need to go through the probate court, so it should be on file there.
    Probate court is the convenient place for disposing of the estate's assets, paying it's bills, and ending the estate's existence. If your grandmother owned a car then it would be titled in her name. Somehow the title must be changed to a new owner and grandmother can not sign the title over. Probate court has the authority to do this sort of thing.

    Good luck
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    Why would the will "have to go through probate"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by curb1 View Post
    Why would the will "have to go through probate"?
    I assume that is a rhetorical question due to Dave1952's phrasing.

    Dave1952: Probate court is the convenient place...
    Convenient place?
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    Yes, in this case there could be the real possibility that the will did not get exposed to the probate.
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    A long ago married couple may have had all of their assets jointly held. If that were the case, all co owned assets would simply pass to the surviving spouse, and probate may very well not be needed.
    Last edited by nextwife; 01-28-2011 at 12:59 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nextwife View Post
    A long ago married couple may have had all of their assets jointly held. If that were the case, all co owned assets would simply pass to the surviving spouse, and probate may very well not be needed.
    Even a not so long ago married couple!

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    These are all good points but the OP wants to hunt for the Will without letting his relatives know that he is searching. He should look for it down at the court house. It may be on file there. If so he can pay a copying fee and read it.
    If you have other recommendations on what he should do I'm sure he would be grateful for your advice.

    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave1952 View Post
    These are all good points but the OP wants to hunt for the Will without letting his relatives know that he is searching. He should look for it down at the court house. It may be on file there. If so he can pay a copying fee and read it.
    If you have other recommendations on what he should do I'm sure he would be grateful for your advice.

    Good luck
    If a will was submitted for probate, he was told in the first response where he'd find it. We then pointed out why there may never be a will he can review. Or why a will may only apply to a small percentage of her assets.

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