Who can legally see someone else’s will?

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Who can legally see someone else’s will?

I work at a homeless shelter, and one of my clients explained to me
that her mother passed away a few years ago and she left a will. My
client’s sister had power of attorney at the time of her death and has
never let my client see the will. They are not on good terms, but I
would like to know if there is any legal ground for her to demand to
see the will although her sister has not made it available to her.

Asked on November 30, 2018 under Estate Planning, Washington


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

First of all, if the Will has been entered into probate, it is know a matterof public record. So your client (or any one else for that matter), is entitled to see a copy of the Will. If it has not yet been entered for probate, your client still has right to see it since, as a child of the deceased, they are what is known as an "interested party". Here is a link to an article that will explain further: https://law.freeadvice.com/estate_planning/wills/will-copy.htm

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