How do I get a copy of a Will?

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How do I get a copy of a Will?

I was left $52,000 in a Will that my aunt left me. The executor of Will stated that someone was going to contact me and my nephew but no one has. I was than told I miss understood and it was just $2000 which made no sense to me. The executor is also my aunt and stated she wasn’t even sure if she was going to take this job on since it was a lot of work and she still didn’t know what to do she has never done this before. I am just concerned about my aunt’s wishes which she has left my nephew and I and executor. How can I find out?

Asked on December 21, 2016 under Estate Planning, California


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Since you are a named beneficiary of the Will, you are entitled to have a copy of it. Beneficiaries are usually given a copy of the Will when it is to be submitted to Probate. They are served with either a "Citation" and a copy of the Will (the citation being notice that the Will is going to be submitted to probate which triggers time limitations to object) or a "Waiver" and a copy of the Will (waiving their rights to object to it which allows the matter to be submitted to probate). Here is a link to a site that will provide you with more information:

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