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Experience:  Experience in Probate matters, including will contests and civil litgation related to estates.
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How do I find out which probate court the will was filed in

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How do I find out which probate court the will was filed in and can I have it sent to me in another state?
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Which county did the person pass away in?
Are you a beneficiary under the will or interested party (heir)?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He passed away in a car accident in Arizona but he resided in Los Angeles County. I am a beneficiary under the will.

Ok, sorry to hear about the accident. The will should be probated in the county in L.A. that he resided in. If he owned property elsewhere they would have to do an ancillary estate administration in that county where the property lies. You can contact the clerk of the probate court for the county in L.A. that he resided in and find out if the will is probated there.

There is no central database that you can search to see where anyone has probated a will. It is a matter of being notified. If a will is probated you should have been sent a copy of the petition as a beneficiary under the will, so you shouldn't have to be trying to find out where it was probated unless someone is playing foul and trying to exclude you. The clerk of the probate court can tell you what is their procedure t provide copies, but you may have to go in person. Each court has its own rules, so you will need to check with them. I hope this helps clarify.

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