If I got notificationthat Iwas left in a Will, what doI do now?

I spoke to the attorney’s assistant. They are probating my grandmother’s estate and all she said she could tell me is I have been listed in the Will. I just need to know if I am supposed to do anything?

Asked on October 11, 2011 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  You should indeed be formally notified when the Attorneys have prepared the appropriate paperwork for the executor to offer the Will to probate in the courts in Florida.  You should receive notification of some sort (in some states they may send a consent and waiver of service; in other states notice and a copy of the Will) and once you get it you should have some one look at it on your behalf.  Your time to object to the Will being offered for probate will begin to run on  notification. Once the Will is admitted then the executor has to go about marshaling assets and paying debts.  Then filing tax returns and distributing assets.  You have a right to inquire and you should do so in writing every so often as to status.  Remember that a probate is a public proceeding so you can review the court file at any time.  Good luck.


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