I need to get a copy of my deceased mother’s will

I only received the first two pages of her will
from my brother I need to see the whole will I
am one of the legal beneficiaries

Asked on April 2, 2016 under Estate Planning, New Jersey

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You have the right to see your mother's Will in its entirety. If it has been entered into probate, then it is a matter of public record so you or anyone has a right to see it. If it has not yet been entered into probate, then as either a child or named beneficary you are what is known as an "interested party". This means that you have a legal right to see it. Since you brother is unwilling to give you a complete copy of your mother's Will, at this point, you can contact the appropriate probate court and/or consult directly with a local probate attorney as to your situation. They will be in the best position to help you enforce your rights.


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