To obtain a copy of a will, you'll need to gather some information
-- decedent's name
-- date of death
-- city and county in which the death occurred
-- county in which the will has been probated (this is usually the
same as the county in which the death occurred, but not always).
Once you've gathered your information, you need to contact the Probate
Court in the county in which the will have been probated. In
California, there are 58 counties, and all but two have websites:
California Counties' Websites
Select the county from which you need the will, and navigate to the
Probate Court section to obtain the court's address. Each county will
have its own procedure for obtaining a copy. Typically, requests must
be made in writing and must include the full name of the decedent, the
date of death, your full contact information, the reason you're asking
for a copy of the will, and a fee of between $5 and $15.
Most probate divisions also ask you to include a stamped, self
addressed envelope. Since you'll be having the papers sent to the UK,
you'll want to use an international postal reply coupon, available
from your local post office.
If you know the city in which the death occurred, but not the county,
or if you simply find the county websites too confusing (some of them
are), please just ask for clarification, and tell me what city it is,
and I'll be glad to locate the address and procedure for you.
Hope this helps!
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