What legal recourse do I have to see my late mother’s Will or ensure that my father is acting appropriately to the position of an executor?

My mother passed away about 6 months ago. My father is the assigned executor of her estate. Before my mother’s passing however, she expressed her wish that I inherit her jewelry and some other miscellaneous items. I have tried asking my father about whether anything was left to me in her Will and, if so, why he has yet to honor it. He refuses to answer my questions, allow me to see the Will or tell me the lawyer’s name who handled her legal affairs.

Asked on September 15, 2012 under Estate Planning, New Jersey

Answers:

John Ducey / Law Offices of John G. Ducey,PC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Your father is required to give you a copy of your mother's will.  If he does not, you can file an action in court to force him to give you a copy and to remove him as executor.

 

John Ducey

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