Need to determine if a will has been manipulated?

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I am interested in finding out if a lawyer has manipulated the will of my mother, who has since passed. He sent me a copy of it by email and wondering if there is any way to forensically inspect the document? I saw a previous answer that said you could go into "inspect" the document to detect changes? Please any info appreciated!
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It seems unlikely a decent lawyer would do this.

Ask to see the will and look for visual evidence of changes.

If you believe it has been more professionally altered, you need to contact the police.

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I intend to, yet I need to have concrete evidence to do so...
WakeupSpecialist 1
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https://laelderlaw.com/if-you-suspect-a-will-has-been-tampered-with/

This is some good information for you to consider before approaching anyone that may be involved in the tampering of a Will.

Also you certainly don't want to show your hand to potentially the people who may have forged or tampered with the will.  It could get them to change, correct or cover up any mistakes that they have left behind.
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As far as 'inspecting' a document, you can right mouse click a document to see the created date, sometimes access date and, date of change.  However if you were 'emailed' the document some of that information may not be completely available to you.  IE: once you receive the email if you save that document onto your local machine, the creation date will be that of when you saved it.  Also you will not be able to see 'previous history' of that document.  If you were on the computer that the document was created, you may be able to see previous history or date of changes on the document.

The document can still be altered, by creating a new version of a blank document changing the date on your computer (I belive...so that the date appears to be from an old date)  copy all of the information into the blank document and save it.  And there wouldn't be any 'previous history' or date changes.
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Altering a will is / may be a criminal offence, do you may wish to start with the Police
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The first question should be "What is the file type?" probably followed by "Was document electronically signed (as in certificate not as in a person's signature) or AD RMS used?"

If it is just a word document you cannot detect these changes unless change tracking is enabled. Even the modified and creation date can be altered hence why physically signed copies are still important
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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"Mom" should have a copy of the will and power of attorney in her personal papers. Differences can then be seen.
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Wills are paper documents and are witnessed. A benefactor cannot be a witness.  You need to examine and question the original document.  In Canada/UK this is handled by the probate court
Natty GregIn Theory (IT)
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The only way to truly know is to get a hold of the computer the documents was originally on and you will see all the meta data for that file, that requires the device to be handed over to the police forensics team. secondly do you have a copy of the original, they would have given that to your mom, b4 she passed.

if not you will need a powerful magnifying glass to look at the fonts, most times the fonts on forgery are missed matched, because different fonts are loaded with different application no two device unless uses the same apps will have all the fonts used on the device. So check fonts, look for white out conditions and sometimes a missing piece of fonts, that was missed when editing or forging the document.

my two cents
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