How do I obtain a copy of my mother’s will

My mother passed away on March 6, 2016 in Broward County, Florida. My father
refuses to speak with me and says I am not entitled to see my mother’s will. He
is 86 years old, and has been suffering from undiagnosed dementia.

Asked on April 11, 2016 under Estate Planning, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you have the right to see your mother's Will. If it's already been entered into probate, then it is a matter of public record, which means that you or anyone else has a right to see it. If it has not yet been entered into probate, then as a either child or named beneficary, you are an "interested party". This means that legally you have the right to see her Will. If your father is unwilling to let you see it, you can contact the appropriate probate court and/or consult directly with a probate attorney.


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