What are my legal rights to finding out the contents of my mothers Will?

Recently my mother passed away. I was initially told by my mother that my oldest brother was the executor of the estate, I now find out that a sister who has created problems within the family is also listed as an executor. How do I find out when this change was made and also what the contents of her Will are?

Asked on May 16, 2016 under Estate Planning, Virginia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You have the right to see your mother's Will. If it has been entered into probate, then it is now a matter of public record so you or anyone else has a right to see it. If it has not yet been entered into probate, you still have a right to see it since you are a child of the deceased and therefore is what is known as an "interested party". This means that you have a legal right to see the Will. If the executo(s) will not let you see it, you can contact the probate court in her county and/or consult directly with a probate attorney.


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