Edward Hands and Lewis is now a nationally-acclaimed body. For over a hundred years Edward Hands and Lewis has been an established solicitors in the Leicestershire area, but now we have branched out across the UK.
How to locate a Will
If the original Will has not been lodged with a Solicitor, it could be kept at home or with a family member.
If the original Will cannot be found (or a photocopy can be located but not the original), then further steps need to be taken.
Searching for Wills before a Grant of Probate
A search can be conducted of all local Solicitors’ firms. We can undertake this for you, quickly and inexpensively.
If Probate has been granted
Once the Grant has been issued the Will becomes a public document. There is no obligation to release a copy of the Will to anyone before the Grant.
There is an exception to this general rule where a person brings a claim against the validity of the Will in which case it is possible to obtain a copy as part of the pre-action disclosure process (and if necessary you can seek a Court Order to force its release).
Searching for Wills after a Grant of Probate has been made
Following the Grant of Probate, the Will (and Grant) becomes a public document and a copy can be obtained from the Probate Registry.
If the Grant of Probate may not yet have been issued, a Standing Search can be applied for. This is a search which continues for a fixed period of six months so that if an application for a Grant is made within that period, a copy of the Grant and Will is sent out.
At Edward Hands and Lewis we pride ourselves on our quick response time and there are several ways you can get in touch, whatever the method, we will make sure we get back to you as soon as we can and get to work on your case.
We offer a free initial assessment so you know that you have found the right people for the job. Contact us and no matter what your enquiry is about, we will find the right person to deal with your case.
We make our prices fully transparent so our clients know exactly what they’re paying for throughout the process. We also offer fixed-fee services so you know the full costs from the outset.
Our solicitors are approachable and helpful and understand that legal undertakings can be incredibly stressful. We pride ourselves on excellent client service which has been recognised year on year by our Lexcel accreditation.
We know you may not be available within standard working hours, which is why we make ourselves available for out of hours appointments.
At Edward Hands and Lewis several of our specialists are multi-lingual in the following languages: Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Serbo-Croation, French, Italian, German, Swedish. For any other languages, the services of translators may be appropriate.
At Edward Hands and Lewis we have an award winning team to deliver legal services to you. Our solicitors and support teams have won awards for their expertise and business acumen and continue to deliver excellence in the profession.