Evidence of a lost will

A will may be missing because the deceased purposely revoked it, in which case, depending on state law, an earlier will or the state’s rules on interstate succession would determine who gets the deceased’s estate. Then again, the will may be missing because it may have been stored in a bank vault but was somehow destroyed. In that case, the probate court may accept a photocopy of the will (or the lawyer’s draft or computer file) together with evidence that the deceased duly signed the original.