QUESTION: Dear Legal Wiz,
My dad died in Jamaica and it has caused chaos. There were nine children and each of the children came to a meeting to claim there was a will, and so they need their share. The last child claims his mom is also supposed to get something because she was the last woman in my dad’s life. I dont think if there is a will it will be valid, because so far it seems all the wills turning up from the different women and one which is valid cannot surface. I need help to check if there is a will because this will is leading to drama between my siblings. Can.
RESPONSE: Dear Tara,
There needs to be an extensive search to locate a Will. The search should be made among all of the deceased’s personal effects and close friends, first. Enquiries may also be made at past and present banks, offices of attornies, and accountants and even the church. When searching, also take into an account where the deceased lived, visited, up to an including the time of his death. Finally, a search at the Registrar General Department where Wills are recorded and the Court itself could be checked.
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