What are my rights as a daughter to my mothers personal belongings when she passes?She does have a will, but my stepfather is not letting me know Anthe

My brother said her belongings go to my stepfather and when he passes, spit evenly between the four children combined. How can I ensure that’s what the will says? He wouldn’t let me go to the service, If he gets everything, can’t he make his will state that his belongings go to his kids only and leave me out?

Asked on March 16, 2012 under Estate Planning, South Carolina


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You have no rights per se to your mother's personal belongings. Whatever rights you may ultimately have would be set forth in her Will or trust or both of the documents assuming she has each of them as part of her estate planning. If your mother chooses to give you something or not upon her death, that is entirely her decision and you have no say in the matter.

If your step-father gets all assets of your mother at her passing assuming she passes first, your step-father can do whatever he wishes with the items he receives.

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