What to do if my father just past away and I have received a copy of his Will and a waiver that the lawyer has asked me to sign?

It basically states that I will not contest the Will and I have not rights to anything in my dad’s estate. My sister was named only on the Will since I live in New Zealand. If I sign this does it extend to his life insurance or only to his Will? My sister has explained to me that the life insurance will be split 50-50 and I want to make sure that after signing this waver it will only be valid for his Will only.

Asked on August 19, 2014 under Estate Planning, Florida


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Please, please please go and speak with a lawyer and bring all the documents with you.  Do NOT sign anything until it has been read and explained to you in context. You may indeed have a right to half of your Father's estate and you need to know that and not waive your rights away.  Good luck.

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