How do I find a copy of a will for a family member?

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How do I find a copy of a will for a family member?

A cousin of my mother died a few months ago. My mom passed away a few years ago but was still listed in the Will that I saw after the cousin’s death. I was told initially by the executor that since my mom had died that the heirs (my brother and I) would be entitled to some assets along with the other names listed. After a few months, I found out that the Will had gone through probate and the property was sold, however I was not told or involved in this at all. I found out after the fact and when I asked about this the executor said that my brother and I were not entitled to anything because my mother was no longer in the Will. Now unless there was an updated version that I am not aware of, this was not true. I want to see a copy of the Will but the executor won’t show me and I do not have a lot of money to start an investigation without any proof.

Asked on December 28, 2017 under Estate Planning, Georgia

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Since the Will was admitted to probate it is now a matter of public record. This means that you, or anyone else for that matter, has a right to see it. You just need to pay a nominal fee to get a copy. After, reveiwing it, if you still feel that there was some misconduct in the way that the estate was handled, you can consult directly with a local probate attorney who can best advise you further. 


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