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    • TrickyDicky101
    • By TrickyDicky101 10th Apr 18, 5:27 AM
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    Original signed will required?
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    • 10th Apr 18, 5:27 AM
    Original signed will required? 10th Apr 18 at 5:27 AM
    My father has passed away and both i and my mother are his Executors. I have a photocopy of his last (signed/witnessed) will - and there are no other named beneficiaries other than my mother and myself - so do I actually require the original will?

    The only reason I am hesitant is that my father's solicitors with whom it is lodged wish to charge a fee to release the original will. The fee is not unreasonable at c.40+VAT but if I do not need to incur it then I won't.

    Many thanks in advance for any and all replies.
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    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 10th Apr 18, 5:42 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 5:42 AM
    If you are applying for probate then you certainly need the original, you cannot claim it is lost because you know where it is.
    If you don't need probate it will depend on whether any of the organisations you need to deal with require site of the original will, or an authorised copy, typically to release funds.
    I would spend the 48.
    • Yorkshireman99
    • By Yorkshireman99 10th Apr 18, 6:47 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 6:47 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 6:47 AM
    My father has passed away and both i and my mother are his Executors. I have a photocopy of his last (signed/witnessed) will - and there are no other named beneficiaries other than my mother and myself - so do I actually require the original will?

    The only reason I am hesitant is that my father's solicitors with whom it is lodged wish to charge a fee to release the original will. The fee is not unreasonable at c.40+VAT but if I do not need to incur it then I won't.

    Many thanks in advance for any and all replies.
    Originally posted by TrickyDicky101
    The reason for the fee is that the solicitor has to make identity checks before they can release it. It is not unreasonable. As executors you really need to have possession of the will in case you need it in future for any reason. Without it you have no proof of your authority to act as executor.
    • TrickyDicky101
    • By TrickyDicky101 10th Apr 18, 8:25 AM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:25 AM
    Thank you both - I'll be paying the money then.
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