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OFHS Contribution to the Ministry of Justice proposal to destroy original Wills documents

At present all of the wills and documents submitted in support of probate (legal authority to manage larger estates of deceased persons) are preserved indefinitely in the original paper form. These records date back to 1858. A consultation paper proposes a reform that will enable older wills and documents to be converted to a digital form and then destroyed, with the wills of famous persons preserved. Views are sought on the proposals from interested parties.

OFHS has sent a formal response to the Ministry of Justice concerning the proposed destruction of original wills once they have been scanned. The letter is attached as a pdf.

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