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NJ...if you know someone has a will and it's not registered in the county they live in, how could you go about locating it?
 


adjusterjack

Senior Member
If the person is alive you ask him or her.

If the person is dead and you think you are an heir, you open probate under intestacy (as if there was no will). If somebody has the will and it's more favorable to them than intestate succession you can be sure they will present it for probate.

Now explain why you want to know.
 
ok patient is unable to speak and is semi-conscience, his wife is uncooperative and may act as if there is no will to gain everything. i called the county his lives in and it's not registered with them and he has not shared the info. Also interested if he has any wishes for medical stipulations in his will.
 

Just Blue

Senior Member
ok patient is unable to speak and is semi-conscience, his wife is uncooperative and may act as if there is no will to gain everything. i called the county his lives in and it's not registered with them and he has not shared the info. Also interested if he has any wishes for medical stipulations in his will.
Who are you in this situation?
 

adjusterjack

Senior Member
We get this same question a couple of times a week from adult children of a parent who has remarried and the fear is that the stepparent will get everything with nothing left for the bio child.

People who are married often own everything jointly so when one spouse dies the other spouse gets everything, lock stock and barrel.

As for your father's condition now, his wife will be making all the medical decisions if he is incapable of doing so. If they have been married for some time, then it's likely that she already has his medical power of attorney.

When he dies she has no obligation to produce a will. As I wrote earlier, you can open probate under intestate succession in an attempt to force the production of a will. But if all of his assets are joint, it will be a waste of your time and money.
 

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