What to do if my father died and left an open Will in which he mentioned all his 6 children but left everything to his widow and the 2 daughters he had with her?

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What to do if my father died and left an open Will in which he mentioned all his 6 children but left everything to his widow and the 2 daughters he had with her?

Do the other children have legal rights to his estate? Do the children (who got nothing) have the right to get something even though he didn’t leave anything for them?

Asked on August 17, 2015 under Estate Planning

Answers:

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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Please take the Will to a lawyer to read. It is my gut feeling that he mentioned everyone so that there was no question that he knew the "object of his bounty" so that the WIll could not be challenged when he left everything to only two. If you feel that there are other grounds for challenging same - such as undue influence - then sidcuss that with the lawyer as well.  Good luck.


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