What can be done to keep a will from 'disappearing' after a death?

My boyfriend's father passed and the will was never updated after he married. Everything was left to my boyfriend in the will, but since he married after she is entitled to 1/3 of everything and he gets 2/3. But, if the will disappears, she gets half. She used his mentally ill grandpa to get into the safety deposit box to get to the will. The lawyer who wrote it doesn't have a copy anymore. What can he do to make sure she doesn't destroy the will to get more money (she has a history of stealing and things like this)?

Moline, IL -

Attorney Answers (3)

Ralanda Webb

Ralanda Webb

Probate Attorney - Chicago, IL
Answered

Because you are quoted from the Will, I assume someone has a copy of it. Under certain circumstances, the copy of a lost will can be admitted to probate.

You boyfriend needs to meet and hire a probate lawyer as soon as possible.

Judy A. Goldstein

Judy A. Goldstein

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - Mokena, IL
Answered

Find out from the lawyer if the decedent was given conformed copies of the will along with the original. The grandfather should not have been given access to the box if he was not a signatory. A probate lawyer is probably needed.

Alan James Brinkmeier

Alan James Brinkmeier

Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney - Chicago, IL
Answered

If there is no Will the surving spouse gets the deceased's estate.

Presumably the Will names the spouse as executor, no?

So the Will must be filed with Probate and your boyfriend has 6 months time to file a contest on the Will in the county courthourse. I think he should hire a lawyer and have the lawyer on law firm letterhead write to the executor that the Will of the deceased should be put in for Probate on the boy's father that has now passed.

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