As the executor of my stepmother’s Will, do I have to notify “all” the heirs and beneficiaries of the probate hearing date?

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As the executor of my stepmother’s Will, do I have to notify “all” the heirs and beneficiaries of the probate hearing date?

How far down the relatives list, or next of kin list do I have to go since all parents and siblings are deceased. Do I include “all” the nieces and nephews (hundreds?)? The Will clearly states who the beneficiaries are, and they do not include any nieces or nephews.

Asked on July 13, 2013 under Estate Planning, Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, you must notify those that have legal standing to object to the validity of the Will.  This group would be those that would legally inherit under the intestacy laws of the state in which the decedent resided at the time of her death, even though they may not be inheriting under the Will.  Seek help.  Good luck.


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