What are my rights if my mother died 2 weeks ago and I am her only child but my father sai that she left everything to him in her Will?

I do not believe that my mother would not leave anything to me. How do I find out if that is true or not? And do I have any rights since I am the only child?

Asked on July 25, 2012 under Estate Planning, Illinois


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I would keep a journal regarding what your father said about the Will as to what was said, when and where. If there is a Will, sooner or later your father will need to probate it where it is filed with the court in the county and state where your mother passed.

Once the probate is filed, you can go to the court clerk's office and read the Will to see what is stated in it since a probate is a public proceeding. By doing the above you can confirm what is stated in the Will.

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