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I'm a Florida attorney and I can tell you from experience that wills are lost, damaged and destroyed all the time. Hopefully, you know the attorney that prepared the document. If so, you simply need to contact the attorney and obtain a copy. Our Bar rules require us to keep copies so he will most certainly have it available. Before you ask, yes, a copy is as good as the original in this situation.
If you don't know the attorney, hopefully you at least know the general location where it was drafted. If so, have an ad placed in the journal for the local Bar association. This is done all the time and with great success. The reason, I'm sure, is that these ads are run on a frequent basis and attorneys look for them to help heirs in just these situations.
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