Common QuestionsI'm trying to find a will
Here are some steps you can take to find a will:
- First, search the Vital Statistics Wills Registry for a Wills Notice. This can take several weeks. It contains the location of the will at the time of filing, but does not contain a copy of the will. Anyone can search for a Wills Notice if the will-maker (testator) has passed away, but if the will-maker is alive, only the will-maker or a lawyer can do the search. A will-maker does not have to file a Wills Notice, but it is recommended.
- The Clicklaw Wikibook titled A Death in Your Family, from People's Law School, contains First Steps which tells you what you can do if you cannot find the person's will.
- Do a Basic Search of the Nidus Personal Planning Registry for the will-maker. If the will-maker shows up as an Account Holder, they could have registered a copy of the will in the Personal Planning Registry.
- If the will has been probated, you can contact the appropriate Supreme Court Registry to find out if they have the will and how much it is to get a copy of the will. Read more about how to do this in the Common Question, “How do I know if a will has been probated?”
See our related common questions:
- I’m the executor and am doing the work myself
- I'm applying for probate; where can I find the forms required?
- How do I know if a will has been probated?
- See all common questions about wills & estates
Some quick definitions:
Probate is a way of getting the court to say a will is legally valid. This involves filling out the necessary forms and submitting them to the Probate Registry of any Supreme Court in BC.
If there is no executor because the deceased person passed without a valid will (intestate) OR had a valid will but the appointed executor cannot act, a person can apply to become Administrator of the estate. The administrator will have similar duties to an executor.
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