What rights does a beneficiary have to see a Will?

UPDATED: Aug 11, 2014

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What rights does a beneficiary have to see a Will?

My mother recently passed away. She had an accountant draw up her Will. I had power of attorney and am the executrix of the Will. My brother and I are the only ones getting anything after her bills have been paid (if there is anything left). Do I have to let my brother know of his portion or do I wait until after her bills have been paid to let him see the Will?

Asked on August 11, 2014 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Have you been appointed as the Executrix yet?  In order to file the Petition your brother has to either sign a waiver to your appointment or you need to serve him with a Citation and both those documents need to be accompanied with a copy of the Will. He has an absolute right to see it as does any potential heir who would have inherited should there have been no will.  Good luck.

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