How can I find out if my deceased Mother had a Will

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How can I find out if my deceased Mother had a Will

My Mother told me she left me money in
her Will. My Step-Father will not
discuss details with me.

Asked on September 12, 2019 under Estate Planning, Indiana

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If the Will has been entered into probate, then it is now a matter of public record and anyone can get a copy for a nominal fee. If it has not been filed with the court, then you can still obtain as copy. The fact is that you are what is known as an "interested party". This is someone who can inherit if there is no Will or the Will is for some reason invalid. In this case, as your mother's child you are her legal heir. Accordingly, you can go to the probate court and ask that your stepfather be compelled to produce your mother's Will for you to see.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If the Will has been entered into probate, then it is now a matter of public record and anyone can get a copy for a nominal fee. If it has not been filed with the court, then you can still obtain as copy. The fact is that you are what is known as an "interested party". This is someone who can inherit if there is no Will or the Will is for some reason invalid. In this case, as your mother's child you are her legal heir. Accordingly, you can go to the probate court and ask that your stepfather be compelled to produce your mother's Will for you to see. 


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