There are a number of ways of trying to locate a Will. You can and should search through all of his records. If you know who his attorney was, that is a likely first call. You can check with any banks he did business with to see if he had a safe deposit box. You can check with the county probate court to see if he filed it there for safekeeping.
The next question, though, is whether or not the Will is expected to make a difference. If the heirs are the people who he would have left the estate to anyway, then that is who will receive the assets under the state intestate code. If you believe that your father wanted thinks left differently, (all of the estate to one child, for example), that would make it much more important to locate the Will, obviously. If your father had done this, however, the best practice would have been for him to make sure of the location of the Will and the general nature of its contents.
Best of luck to you!
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Mr. Fredericks offer sound advice. Also, check his check register to see if he paid an attorney. The attorney may have it.
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I would definitely try to check with the drafting attorney, if you know who it is. Most attorneys would at least keep a copy of the will and It is possible in Missouri to have a copy of the will accepted as an original. It's a little complicated, but can definitely be done. Also, remember that you have up to a year to have the will admitted to the probate court (whether original or a copy). After 1 year, the will is invalid unless previously admitted (not just filed) with the Court.
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