I have been asked by family members to enquire as to whether 'y' left a will, and to ask with whom is it lodged.
Then, assuming she tells me:
I understand that the Will of 'y' of village A. who died on dd/mm/yy was lodged with you.
I would be grateful if you could send me a copy of this will as there may be a matter that we wish to discuss further.
What do you think? I know it all sounds simple, but, in fact, I am trying to only put down what I need to. CAN I ask for a copy of the will? Do I have to prove that I might have an interest or could anyone ask? Should I even mention that we may be about to contest it?? (the 'matter').
The DD is known to me, but not particularly well, so I don't feel the need to go into great shenanigans about her grieving process (her mother, incidentally, was 96 so not a sudden, unexpected death).
My recent experience (after complicated, coroner involved type death) was that probate took about 5 months. There was a period of 6 months I think after probate that the proceeds could not be distributed in case it was challenged.
Could not just tell the daughter your reasons for asking about the contents of the Will?
You could try ringing round the Solicitors near to where the deceased resided - they will be able to tell you whether or not they hold a Will. Unless you are a named Executor or Residual Beneficiary, you will not normally be supplied with a copy.
Could you briefly, without going into too much detail, explain what your concerns are as I may be able to assist further.