My clients often engage me when they need assistance with searching for Wills in Italy. As a matter of fact, it sometimes happens that I receive instructions to administer an estate where the executors and/or beneficiaries are unable to find a Will. They may have a copy but cannot find the original, or they may have been told that a Will was made, but they are unable to locate it amongst the deceased’s belongings.
Probate cannot be started until the original and latest Will is found. If no Will comes to light, the decedent may be declared intestate, in which case the State will decide how the estate is divided. (more…)