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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.


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


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