13. How can I find out if the decedent had a will?

First, check probate court in the county where the decedent lived. Whoever had a copy of the will should have deposited it to the probate court, and you can obtain a copy. If the probate court doesn’t have the decedent’s will, then you can file a Petition for Probate asking to be appointed as the administrator of the decedent’s intestate estate. If someone has a will, they can contest your appointment by submitting the will.

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