Does a beneficiary have the right to know that they are a beneficiary?

Asked on September 19, 2013 under Estate Planning, Illinois

Answers:

Gregory Abbott / Consumer Law Northwest

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Assuming a probate has been filed, yes, all beneficiaries and heirs should be officially and timely notified in writing by the personal representative or executor.  If a probate has not yet been filed, then no one yet has a legal duty to notify anyone. 

Gregory Abbott / Consumer Law Northwest

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Assuming a probate has been filed, yes, all beneficiaries and heirs should be officially and timely notified in writing by the personal representative or executor.  If a probate has not yet been filed, then no one yet has a legal duty to notify anyone. 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.