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How do we get a copy of a will - Lindsay Rex Stanton - died

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How do we get a copy of a will - Lindsay Rex Stanton - died 2003
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 8 months ago.

You can get copies of wills where probate was granted from the High Court Registry. If you know where he dies, you should ask at the High Court Registry closest to where he died. and they can provide a copy, as this is a public record. The Ministry of Justice says on their website-

Steps to locating a will that has been filed in the High Court

  1. Identify the High Court where the application for probate was filed. Up until 31 May 2013 this was the High Court closest to where the deceased person lived at the time of their death. From 4 June 2013 all applications for probate have been filed at the Wellington High Court.
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  2. Once the High Court has been identified, make a written request to search probate records to the Registrar of the High Court where the will is held. Include the following information:
    1. the full name of the deceased person
    2. the date of the deceased person’s death and/or the date probate was granted
    3. the town or area the deceased person was living in at the time of their death.
  3. A request will be actioned by the High Court when it is received. There may be delays if the information provided is incomplete, or it is a complex request.

Search fee

The fee to search probate (court) records and to look at the file is $30. This fee includes getting a copy of the will or any document on the file.

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