Do I have the right to see a copy of my father’s Will?

He just passed. He has a second wife who is in ill health and her daughter, my half sister, is saying that she is taking care of everything. I want to know that his wishes are met.

Asked on February 16, 2016 under Estate Planning, Texas


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

As either a beneficiary under your father's Will or as an heir (i.e. someone who would inherit if there was no Will), you are considered to be an "interested party" and therefore entitled to see a copy of his Will. If it has already been entered into robate, then it is now a matter of public record and you, or anyone else, is entitled to ain obta copy from the appropriate probate court (for a nominal charge).

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