Are Wills made public?

If so, how can someone see if a person left them money?

Asked on June 13, 2014 under Estate Planning, New Jersey


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Wills become a Public Record once they are offered for Probate (filed with a Petition for Probate of the Will) in the Probate Court.  Then anyone can look at the file.  It is filed in the Probate Court in the County in which the deceased resided at the time of his death.  If, however, you are a beneficiary under the WIll you should have received a copy with either a waiver or citation regarding probate.  Check.  Good luck.

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