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Thank you for using Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney. It is my pleasure to help you today. First, let me express my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother.Unfortunately, lawyers don't have to report anywhere whom they have prepared wills for or who their clients are. So, the only way to find out who her lawyer is would be to either a) somehow get into the house and find the will (which generally would have the lawyer's contact information on it) or b) call around to various firms in the area that do estate planning and ask if your mother was a client. I realize that neither one of those choices is seemingly feasible or otherwise seems like it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.At this point, no one has the authority to change the locks on the house or take items out of it. Your best bet would be to speak to a probate lawyer at this point about petitioning the court for an order preventing removal of any assets and that anyone in possession of the will immediately produce the copy and file it with the court.
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Also, note that under Tennessee law, corrupt destruction or concealment of a will with intent to prevent probate or to defraud is a felony punishable by imprisonment. (T.C.A. 32-14- 131, 40-35-111).
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