If my father died 2 months ago and is wife said everything was left to her, how can I get a copy of my father’s Will?

I don’t know his lawyer’s name and I don’t want to ask her for a copy.

Asked on August 2, 2012 under Estate Planning, Missouri

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss and for the problems.  A Will only becomes a public record when it is filed with the Probate Court.  At that time you will be able to see what it says and get a copy.  If the Will does not look right to you - signature, executed when your Father was maybe unable to undertsand much - then take it to an attorney in your area to review and discuss your options.  Understand, though, that any proeprty jointly held with a spouse passes to that spouse automatically upon death of one.  Good luck.

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss and for the problems.  A Will only becomes a public record when it is filed with the Probate Court.  At that time you will be able to see what it says and get a copy.  If the Will does not look right to you - signature, executed when your Father was maybe unable to undertsand much - then take it to an attorney in your area to review and discuss your options.  Understand, though, that any proeprty jointly held with a spouse passes to that spouse automatically upon death of one.  Good luck.


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