Does my husband have any legal right to ask about his uncle’s Will and/or estate?

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Does my husband have any legal right to ask about his uncle’s Will and/or estate?

My husband’s uncle (by marriage – he was married to my husband’s maternal aunt) passed away last year in MI. My husband had expected to receive something from his uncle’s estate because his uncle told him that he would. However, the son-in-law of the uncle’s “girlfriend” seemed to be in charge of the estate and there was no mention of any Will. My husband is too embarrassed to ask because he doesn’t want to appear “money-grubbing”. But he was hurt that his uncle would not leave him anything at all. We don’t really know if there is anything that can be done.

Asked on July 26, 2011 Florida

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your husband wants to know if he was mentioned in the deceased uncle's Will and is too embarassed to ask, he should go to the courthouse where the Will is presumably being probated and review the Will. If a probate proceeding is underway, the original Will and all addendums should be in the court's file and open to public inspection.

If there has been no mention of your husband being the beneficiary under the deceased uncle's Will or Trust at this stage, then most likely he was not mentioned as a beneficiary. If your husband want to simply ask the son-in-law of the uncle's girlfriend who the beneficiaries are of the estate, he can ask and hopefully get his answer.


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