If my father passed away 4 months ago and my stepmom won’t talk to me, can his Will be seen by me without her knowledge?

My stepmom has no communication with any of my siblings or I. We would like to know what

was in his Will.

Asked on May 16, 2016 under Estate Planning, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can file a petition to probate the estate.  You are a potential heir because you are your father's son.  If there is not will, then the Texas Probate Code sets out specific procedures for how assets are to be distributed.  During the probate process, the court can and should inquire whether a will exists and she can be compelled to produce it as part of this process.
To start the process, you need to seek out a probate attorney.  They can assist you in getting the process started.


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