Do i have a right to see a Will left by my mother

My mother passed away in January 2016 and my sister was her carer. She is now dealing with probate etc but will not share any information regarding the Will. Do I have a right to see a copy.

Asked on April 16, 2016 under Estate Planning, Alaska


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you do have the right to see your mother's Will. If it has been entered into probate, then as of now it is a matter of public record, which means that you or anyone else has a right to see it. If it has not yet been entered into probate, then as a child or named beneficary, you are what is known as an "interested party". This means that you have a legal right to see the Will. If your sister is unwilling to see it, you can contact the appropriate probate court and/or consult directly with a probate attorney.

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