How do I get a copy of my grandfather’s Will without direct contact with the executor and preferably without having to hire a lawyer?

Asked on July 6, 2012 under Estate Planning, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If you are a beneficiary under the Will - or would have inherited under the intestacy statute - then you should have received a copy under the law.  But if you did not, and the Will has been offered for probate (i.e., filed in the Probate Court), then it is a public record adn you can go down to the court and take a look at the file and copy the Will.  The Will is filed in the county in which he resided at the time of his death.  Good luck.


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