If I am mentioned in a will is anyone legally bound to notify me of the death?

My mother died and I know I was in the will at one time last time I
spoke to her. No one has even told me of her death. I learned of it
on-line. No member of the family will answer phone.

Asked on January 22, 2018 under Estate Planning, North Carolina


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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss and for the situation.  Not only are you entitled to know, you should have been served with legal documentation regardless of if she had a Will or not if an estate was opened.  A estate is a public record.  Go to the Probate Court in the county in which she resided at the time of her death and look things up.  Get whatever copies you can from the file and seek legal help.  Good luck.

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