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I am given to understand that my paternal uncle has bequeathed his house in Bangalore to me through a Will. But, my uncle has not confirmed this and the Will which is registered is kept in safe custody by my uncle. Though I have applied for a certified copy of the Will, the registrar refused to provide me a copy. Please inform how can I get a copy?

- by Mrunalini, Chitradurga

The certified copies of the “Wills” are made available only to the testator (one who makes the Will) or his authorised agent during the life time of the testator. No other person is entitled to get copies. Only after the death of the testator any person may apply for certified copies of Will. The applicant has to prove to the satisfaction of the registering Office about death of the testator so the applications by third parties should be supported by the death certificate of the testator.

You may also note that the testator may change the contents of the Will, may cancel the will through registration and may make any number of Wills during his life time. Only the latest (last) Will of the deceased testator is legally valid. So, it would be too premature to assume that you will be entitled to the house of your uncle.

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These are all the legal questions answered by Advocate S.Selvakumar in various magazines, in various occasion including realestate reporter monthly.

QUESTIONS

Q:- My father had inherited some ancestral properties from his father. I am the only son of my father. My father has sold the ancestral property when I was minor. The sale proceeds were utilized by my father for his trip to U.S.A. The said sale was done when I was five years old. I have completed 18 years of age on 6/12/2002 and want to assert my claim over the ancestral property. But I was told that I cannot move the court as the limitation of twelve years is over. Please advise, what is the remedy?

Q:- I own a house which is self acquired property purchased out of my earnings. I have two children, a son and daughter. My son is married and is living separately. My daughter is unmarried and is living with me in my house and is taking care of me. I am aged and want that my daughter should get my house but want that the house should be in my possession as long as I am alive. Please advise how to proceed.

Q:- In your August issue, you answered the query of Smt. Kausalya Devi about the devolution of property inherited by a female through her father. I am in similar situation but the property inherited by me is that of my father-in-law. I do not have any children and my husband also expired an year ago. Please advise how my property is devolved?

Q:- Sir, I am a Hindu widow and do not have any children. I have inherited property from my father.  Please inform who will succeed to my inherited property.

Q:- I am a Hindu and have acquired certain immovable properties out of my own income. I do not have any issues. My husband died recently and my parents also expired long back. Please inform who will succeed my acquired property if I do not make a will.