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Asked on: 3/22/07, 1:52 pm

Rights of the Inheritor

Is every person that legally inherits from a deceased person's will entitled to receive a copy of the will? I was recently told by the executor of the estate (who happens to be my brother) that I am not entitled to see a copy of my deceased grandmother's will, despite receiving a cash inheritance from same will. The exceutor claims that only the executor and children of the deceased were entitled to receive copies of the will, not the grandchildren. Finally, if he is wrongfully holding back the document, what should I do? Obviously, without seeing a copy of the will, I have no way of knowing whether or not I was entitled to any of my grandmother's personal effects; ie., jewelry, furniture, etc.

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