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Probate Registry Wills

Discussion in 'Latest news' started by Pauline, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Star

    Yes, it's the difference between 'estimated delivery' and 'delivered' dates that is so striking. I wonder what the biggest gap will be?
  2. BarryR

    BarryR LostCousins Member

    I've had six more from my 24th July batch (just four more left), so they do appear to be catching up. One of them was interesting, Richard Selves died in 1879 and left some legacies to one of his brothers and to the children of another brother. The rest he left to a niece, Hannah Selves, the daughter of a third brother - despite the fact that he had had eight children of his own. I know in the 1871 census Richard was living with Hannah as his housekeeper, so it is possible all his children predeceased him, or they had fallen out. So another research avenue opens out!
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  3. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Star

    I was surprised to find my childless great aunt had left everything to one particular niece, despite the fact her brother (this niece's father) was still alive, and she had several other nieces and nephews still living (including my dad). This must have been her favourite niece. If she hadn't left a will, her estate would have gone to her brother who may have squandered it all before he could pass it on to his daughter!
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  4. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    They may be 'involved' but they're only contractors.- their responsibility is not to the customer, but to the Probate Service.
  5. Heather

    Heather LostCousins Member

    Correct record now sent along with a lovely apology for their mistake. This will is quite an interesting one, about nine pages long with lots of details I will be following up on.
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  6. LynneP

    LynneP LostCousins Member

    Finally! The wills ordered on 29th July arrived today. They're actually more interesting than I expected too.
  7. lindy

    lindy LostCousins Member

    I received 2 of 4 yesterday from my 28th July order. Progress. They were for a father and son, with the same name, who died 6 years apart. Unfortunately the first section (the grant?) and the will itself were muddled so the dates didn't match! Still quite readable though.
  8. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Star

    I finally received the last of the wills I ordered on 25th July on 8th October - 1 day short of 2 months beyond the estimated delivery date. I've been pleased with the information obtained from them and am thinking of ordering a few more now. I wonder if the turnaround time will be better from now on?

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