Who do I contact to find out about my father’s Will?

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Who do I contact to find out about my father’s Will?

Asked on July 3, 2015 under Estate Planning, Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You gave no details as to your situation. For example, do you know for sure that he even have a Will? When did he die? Etc.

Assuming that there is a Will, then depending on how long he has been deceased, his estate�may have�passed though probate. If so,, it would be on file with the probate court and that makes it a public record, so you (or anyone else for that matter), has a right to get a copy of it.

If it has not yet been probated but if you are a benefciary of it, you would have been officially notified of your inheritance. Otherwise, you still have the right to see a copy of the Will since you are an "heir at law". In other words, since you would inherit if there was no Will, you are entitled to see a copy of it. In order to obtain a copy, you will need to petiton the probate court.

At this point, you need to consult directly with an attorney as to your rights under specific state law.

Note: If he had a Will and you were not notified of any inhertitance by the executor, you may have been disinherited by your father.


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