A person is currently suffering from a degenerative brain condition affecting memory. They have previously told their family that they did make a will, and had it stored with a solicitor in a named town. However they cannot remember which solicitor it was, and the likely time frame is 20-30 years in the past.
When this person dies, how much effort must the family put into searching for the will? Can they simply ignore its possible existence and proceed as though the person had died without making a will? If the family contact solicitors in the named town, do the solicitors have to disclose the existence or contents of the will before the death? Does it make a difference whether a family member has a lasting power of attorney?