How long ago was the will leaving everything to you written?
Is it likely that the 3rd brother is going to say the copy is fake?
What grounds is he likely to contest the will on?
Is it a copy of the signed will the unsigned will?
When a solicitor’s firm closes, wills and deeds go to another firm, have you contacted the successor practice?
It is possible to get a signed photocopy of a will admitted to probate but it needs a separate court application for the court to determine why there is only a photocopy and no original.
Even beneficiaries are not entitled to see the will copy or the original one if the executors don’t want to show it. The beneficiaries can get a copy from the probate registry once it is admitted to probate but that is obviously going to be sometime down the line.
Meanwhile, your solicitor may be able to blag this by simply, saying “here is a copy of the will”. Meanwhile, you would have to make the court application.
There are certain firms that specialise in this and here is one which I found on the Internet
you might want to use such a firm rather than just a local high street firm particularly in view of the amount of money involved here.
Can I clarify anything else for you?
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