on new will because he never heard back about it . Then Dad died from dementia after 2 yrs . Tax attorney says the first will was destroyed ( per step mom ) & that Dad doesn't have a will . Step mom told me Dad didn't have a will , evidently not going into detail . I don't think someone so articulate would destroy old will without having new will . Also , Dad had Living Will , Durable Power of Attorney , Power of Attorney , & burial arrangement papers drawn up . So for sure , Dad had a will at one time . Who destroyed will Dad or step - mom ? Attorney said Dad had some IRA intentions for his 3 grown kids & was sure step - mom was the type of person to honor those intentions by setting up trusts . However , I am doubtful because for 30 years I have watched her show partiality to her grown children .