wills and probate
My father has recently passed away. My stepmother 'supposedly' was named executer of my father's will. Nobody else in the family has seen the will. She just told us what it says. She says she doesn't want to probate it. What is probate and does a will have to be probated for the distribution of my father's assets? Can she not probate it? I live in one state and my father lived in another, can I probate it in my state? How much does it cost to probate a will? Can't my father's lawyer just send copies of the will to the heirs and be done with it? Can I get a copy of the will from my father's lawyer? I don't know what to do. My stepmother gave me my dad's ring that she said was my dad's wish and my brother got his tools and a grandfather clock she said was his. All that is supposedly left is the two properties that were left to us, and we have been told which belongs to which of us by our stepmother. She says there's nothing else. Don't get me wrong, I don't want more or anything like that; it just doesn't feel right somehow that the will wasn't read to us by the lawyer while we were all there.