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Forged signature on will

My father died last year and his will has just been paid out. I heard on the grapevine it was was all left to his 2nd wife so I didn't get involved , I have just seen his will and she actually forged his signature , and it was dated the week he died , all a load of rubbish. I can prove the signature isn't his, do I see a solicitor or the police ? If the will has been settled can it be reversed if its proved to be a fake ?


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It would be a criminal offence, so a Police matter. If proven to be a forgery, the will would be revoked and an earlier one would take its place. That is unless the previous will was from before the second marriage, except if the forgery was done by or for the second wife. Mike

Good Point, MikeGG1, but it would be a good idea to find the original Will first. Just Google "find a will" and Certainty, The National Will register can do this. Its not a guaranteed service, but it could save you a load of time, trouble and money. There could be other Wills too, you never know until you look.

My goodness that is absolutely disgraceful behavour, it may be that your late Father didnt get a chance to write his second wife into the will, sounds like she was looking after herself. Besides its a Criminal offence and should be pursued. I would ask for copies of the all Wills these are a matter of public record and are availible to anyone for a fee... I wanted to see my late great uncles and had the Will in a jiffy. I think it was in York and it cost me around £15 for it...

Check it out here http://www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk/cms/1226.htm You can ring them to dscuss what your looking for & then write to here, good luck. Postal Searches and Copies Department C/o York Probate Sub-Registry 1st Floor, Castle Chambers Clifford Street York YO1 9RG

It is only probated wills that are on public record and the poster has already seen that. If you can prove that it is a forgery then go to the police, but they may consider it to be a civil matter, so you would have to sue the executors. Please bear in mind that the signature in the last week before death might well be different from what was usual a few years earlier. This is where the witnesses come in. They would need to confirm that he did sign it and that he was still of sound mind. The executors should have done that if they had any suspicions about the will. I don't know who the executors were but they could have been the solicitors who drew up the will and they should have established the credence when it was drawn up. Please also bear in mind that he would have to take account of the fact that he had married or an old will would be set aside and he would be considered as intestate. He wouldn't have had to leave anything to the new wife, just state that he wasn't going to leave her anything despite getting married. However, if he didn't do anything, she would have got some of his estate under the intestacy rules.

This is a Police matter.

I dont think it is true that only probated wills can be searched for. Will have to look into the above. I know shes seen it, she says so at the top, I was thinking about others that could different earlier copies still exist. There might be a different version held at his Solicitors Office.