how can I get a copy of my mother’s will?

My mother is in the hospital
incopasitated and I need to see her
will to see what she wants done.

Asked on September 5, 2017 under Estate Planning, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You don't have any right to view your mother's Will it until after her death. If she wanted certain things done prior to her death, she should have (and maybe did) execute an advanced health care directive (i.e. a living Will), which is a legal document wherein a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves due to illness or other incapacity. Also, there may be a durable power of attorney, wherein your mother (i.e. the principal) appointed an agent, such as a trusted relative or friend, to handle specific health, legal and financial responsibilities for her.

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You don't have any right to view your mother's Will it until after her death. If she wanted certain things done prior to her death, she should have (and maybe did) execute an advanced health care directive (i.e. a living Will), which is a legal document wherein a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves due to illness or other incapacity. Also, there may be a durable power of attorney, wherein your mother (i.e. the principal) appointed an agent, such as a trusted relative or friend, to handle specific health, legal and financial responsibilities for her.


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