How do I get a copy or can I view a Will?

Asked on July 21, 2015 under Estate Planning, Ohio


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You didn't indicate what your relationship to the deceased is. However, If the Will has already been entered into probate, then anyone can obtain a copy ofit from the probate court; it is now a matter of public record.

If it has not been probated yet, you may or may not have the right to see the Will. It depends if you are what is called an "heir at law". This means that if you would inherit if there was no Will, you are entitled to obtain a copy of it, even if you have not been named as a beneficiary (you can petiton the probate court if necessary).

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