Powder Springs, GA asked in Contracts and Estate Planning for Missouri

Q: My grandma died & I don’t know how to view her will & I don’t talk to her POA . How do I find out if What’s in the will.

My grandmother use to live in Chicago il , then her Poa moved her to Missouri .

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: Check with the court that handles probates in the vicinity of where your grandmother passed away. If a case has been opened to probate her estate, the will must be lodged with the court. Once lodged with the court it becomes public record. You can view it and even obtain a copy (usually for a small fee).

If a probate case has not been opened, you can hire a probate attorney in Missouri to open one yourself. You can advise the court that you believe she has a will and who you think has possession of it, and the court can order that person to deliver the will to the court.

Just FYI, powers of attorney automatically expire when the principal dies, so the individual who was her attorney in fact no longer has any authority as such.

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