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Do I have a legal right to see my parents Will?

If your parents have a Will, you may be wondering what the Will details and how you’ve been incorporated into their estate plans. Your parents may have chosen not to disclose the details of their Will, or they may have wishes to informally share what you are due to inherit. Nevertheless, there are strict guidelines which must be followed when it comes to the original and copy of their Will.


Before their Death

If your parents have a Will, you may be wondering what the Will details and how you’ve been incorporated into their estate plans.


However, a Will is a private document, and while the writers of the Will are alive, it is completely up to their discretion who they wish to show the document to as only they have the authority to receive a copy of the Will.


We ensure that the affairs of any clients who hold a Will with us are kept confidential.


After their Death

Following the death of the writer of the Will, also known as the Testator, you must go through the process of probate, also known as executry in Scotland. Until the grant of probate is granted, the Will remains private for anyone apart from the executors who have been named.


Once it has been granted, a Will becomes a public document and anyone can apply to have a copy.


If the estate is very small, it may not be necessary to apply for a grant of probate. If this is the case, we, or the main executors  may choose to send a copy of the Will to the main beneficiaries.

 

Do your parents have a Will with us? Get in touch with us to find out the information you are entitled to receive.

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