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


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.

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