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How To Locate a Will left for me by my grandparents in Jamaica

by Ann Prosperity
(London UK)

how to get a will in jamaica
QUESTION about:Wills In Jamaica.

My grandparents left a will for me in Jamaica. I recently found out that my aunt change the will and sold the property. How can I find a copy of the will in Jamaica?

RESPONSE: by Wellesley

Hi Ann
Thanks again for asking!

If you believe that your aunt has changed the will and sold the property without your consent, I think you may need to take legal action to protect your rights.

Before taking any legal action though, you should consider getting a copy of the original will to determine whether it was altered or not. Here are some steps you can take here to get a copy of the will...

  • Contact the attorney who drafted the will: If you know the name of the lawyer who prepared the will, you can contact him or her to request a copy. They may have a record of the will on file or perhaps, may be able to say who has it.

  • Contact the executor of the will: The executor is responsible for carrying out the instructions in the will. If you know who he or she is, you can simply ask them for a copy. They may very well have a copy on file or be able to tell you who currently has it as well.

  • Consider checking with the probate court (the Supreme Court): If the will has already been through probate (and that's the legal process of validating a will and distributing assets - I hope I'm not confusing you), there should be a record of it there.

    You can contact the court to request a copy or find out who has it. Read more on that here.

  • Hire a private investigator: If all I said before fail, you might want to consider hiring a private investigator. He migbht be able to track down the will and help you determine if it was manipulated at any point.

That said, keep in mind that finding a copy of the will can be a very lengthy process and that it might also require legal assistance so it is recommended that you consult with a local attorney here in Jamaica who is knowledgeable about estate law to help you.

Best wishes Ann!


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