How do I find the contents of my recently deceased mother’s Will?

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How do I find the contents of my recently deceased mother’s Will?

I went to the courthouse in my town and was told that it does not file Will’s. I am unable to contact and/or speak with my father or sister and I don’t know who my mother’s attorney was. I can’t afford to hire an attorney to assist and I don’t qualify for free legal aide in my town.

Asked on July 15, 2015 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  I think that you went to the Probate Court probably before the Will was offered for probate.  I think you were looking to see if the Will was filed when it was made. It is true that most states do not accept a Will for filing pre-death of the Testator.  You have to wait until the Petition is filed.  You will be receiving a a copy of the WIll when the Will is offered for Probate (filed) because you are an heir at law (some one who would benefit had there been no Will). If you do not keep checking the court. If legal paers are mailed to you please consider a flat rate fee for a consultation to an attorney.  Good luck.


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