If I’m the executor and only beneficiary of my stepfather’s Will but my siblings are asking to see it and his death certificate, do I have to comply?

It has been filed with the Superior Court.

Asked on February 8, 2016 under Estate Planning, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You may wish to comply. As potentially interested parties--persons who logically may have been named in this will--they would most likely have standing and grounds to bring a legal action to see the will if they want: a court would very likely order its disclosure to them. Rather than engage in the acrimony, distraction, and expense of a legal fight over showing it to them, a fighter you would likely lose, you wish to allow them to see it.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.