After the death of a testator and on request of an interested person, a person having
custody of a will of the testator shall either deliver it with reasonable promptness
to a person able to secure its probate or if none is known, deposit it with an appropriate
court. A person who knowingly and wilfully fails to so deliver or deposit a will is liable
to any person aggrieved for any damages that may be sustained by the failure, and
the court may award treble damages. A person who wilfully refuses to deliver a will after being ordered by the court in
a proceeding brought for the purpose of compelling delivery is subject to penalty
for contempt of court. Proceedings under this section shall be brought in the probate proceeding relating
to the will.
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