Can I see a copy of my late father’s Will?

My brother is the executor and will not let my sister or I see it. Is that legal? What can we do?

Asked on March 12, 2019 under Estate Planning, Iowa


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

If you are a beneficiary listed in the Will, you have a right to see it and are entitled to a copy. Even if you are not listed, you still have a right to view it as you are what is known as an "interested party"; this is someone who stands to inherit as an heir in the event no Will actually exists. At ths point, since your brother is not complying with the law, you can consult directly with a probate attorney who can best advise you further.

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