~ Legal professionals, some questions/answers to assist you ~
A copy of the original public will can be obtained either from the Notarial Archives or from the office of the Notary who published it. The contents of a secret will are published by the Notary who delivered the will to the Court Registry, after an application is made to the Court by any interested third party. The contents will then be publicly available, in the same manner as a public will.
After the death of the testator and the opening of the will, the will becomes public. Anyone can then obtain a copy.
Succession in Malta is opened on the day of the testator’s death. Therefore, the contents of a public will are available to anyone who produces a death certificate of the testator.
In the case of a secret will, any interested party can file an application in court for the opening and publication of the secret will in accordance with Maltese law.
The information contained in the will and/or a certified copy of the will are sent by post or collected by the interested parties in person.