If my father just passed away, how do I find out if I’m in the Will?

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If my father just passed away, how do I find out if I’m in the Will?

My stepmother does not communicate with me. My father said before his death that I was his beneficiary.I am the only child.

Asked on August 6, 2019 under Estate Planning, Oklahoma

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If your father had a Will and you were named in it, then the executor of your father's estate should have notified you. If not, but the Will has been admitted for probate, then it is now a matter of public record so you can get a copy. If it has not yet been filed with the court, then you still have a right to see it. As his child, you are what is known as an "interested party". This is person would would stand to inherit if there is no Will. Accordingly, you have a right to see it to make sure that one actually exists. You can contact the probate court to find out about the process for doing this.

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If your father had a Will and you were named in it, then the executor of your father's estate should have notified you. If not, but the Will has been admitted for probate, then it is now a matter of public record so you can get a copy. If it has not yet been filed with the court, then you still have a right to see it. As his child, you are what is known as an "interested party". This is person would would stand to inherit if there is no Will. Accordingly, you have a right to see it to make sure that one actually exists. You can contact the probate court to find out about the process for doing this.


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