Locating the Will
Your first responsibility as an estate executor is to find the will. Ideally, the deceased will have shared this information with you prior to their passing, but if this wasn't possible the first port of call should be the deceased's attorney. If you are not sure who their attorney is, ask friends and family or look through the deceased's paperwork if possible. As a last resort, you could publish a notice in the area's legal newspaper asking for the lawyer in possession of the will to get in touch. If there’s no will, then the deceased is said to have died intestate, and the distribution of their assets will follow court guidelines.