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


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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