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May I ask are you reasonably certain that your grandmother made a new will through the law firm you mention please or could she have made a new will with another firm please?
Hi its Richard poole, I'm very sure my granny kept the same law firm adlams in st. neots they confirmed to me that they posted the latest will to quanticks law and I'm sure that is in newdigate, dorking, surrey the same area that the executor lives, I don't know if they will give me an honest answer to the date of the latest will, I'm sure the executor told them not to give anyone that info, hope this helps thanks
In order to obtain a copy of the will when probate is granted you can make a standing search of the probate register. This leaflet explains how to do it - it is very easy.
The search lasts for 6 months and then must be renewed if probate has not been obtained by then. You will be sent a copy of the grant of probate within a few days of probate being granted and can obtain a copy of the will at this stage.
It is an offence for the executor to knowingly apply for probate on an old will and if you find that an older will has been used for obtaining probate then you can write to the solicitors with something called a Larke v Nugus request requiring information about the last will they prepared. You can in fact make a Larke Nugus request now but you may decide to wait for the outcome of your standing search as one would expect that the executor would apply using the correct will anyway and you would likely need the assistance of a solicitor to make a Larke Nugus request which would cost you money.
Assuming you are named in the will the executor should pay out your legacy within 12 months of the date of your grandmothers death unless there are genunine reasons he cannot do so otherwise you can sue for interest on the money owed.