Why would a relative receive notice of probate if they are not mentioned in a Will?

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Why would a relative receive notice of probate if they are not mentioned in a Will?

I received a lawyer’s letter listing me as a heir to a relatives estate and listing date for probate court. I saw the Will and was not mentioned in it. Why would I have received this letter if I am not bequeathed in the will and not on speaking terms with executor has an emotional disorder?

Asked on June 26, 2011 under Estate Planning, Rhode Island

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.   You did not mention how you were related to the decedent which would hep enable me to give better guidance here in this matter.  But generally speaking, anyone who would have inherited from the estate of the decedent had there been NO will should get a letter regarding the intent of the executor to admit the Will to probate.  Why don't you take the paperwork your received - which should include a copy of the last Will and Testament of the decedent - to attorney to review on your behalf.  Just to be sure that there are no rights that you are giving up.  Good luck. 


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