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My mother passed away last year how can I obtain access to…

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My mother passed away last year how can I obtain access to her will. I have been estranged from the family and my sister was executed of her estate

Lawyer's Assistant: Since estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Sorry I live in new zealand so you probably can't help me

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

What do mean with that

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

There is no property involved just personal belongings and a little cash how long would probate take

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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

If she only had personal possessions and cash under $15,000 then probate of the will may not be needed. When a will is probated, a copy is lodged with the High Court, but if there is no need for probate then the will remains private. In that situation, you would need to reach out to family and ask, but if they refuse, it may not be possible

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thanks yes I was aware of the probate bit. However, I believe there is more than 15,000 no idea how much more. If it is lodged how can I then access the will?
Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

You can search the High Court Registry and I suggest you contact the Wellington Registry as they handle all the probate applications. They keep records of all applications and you can get a copy of the will. I will get the contact details for you shortly

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Solicitor: Chris The Lawyer, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Many thanks, ***** ***** follow this up.RegardsKlasina Sewell
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