We are several siblings. One sibling inherited the house which supposedly was all that was in the will. All we have saying that she/he inherited it is her/his word of mouth. Should we as siblings all been present at the reading? None of us received anything or asked to be present. Any help is appreciated.
I'm sorry for your loss. There is no formal reading of a Will, as is often portrayed on TV, however you should definitely contact the attorney handling the probate to be sure that the Affidavit Concerning Heirs contains the correct information. You would only be entitled to a copy of the Will if you were a beneficiary, but once the probate is opened, you can go to the clerk's office and pay for a copy as it is then public record. Best of luck.
In Florida there is not a formal reading of the Will. The original Will is deposited with the Clerk of Court where the person lived.
I understand your frustration. Fortunately for you, probate requires public disclosure. You should visit the closest courthouse in the County in which your parent died. The clerk of court will need to know your parent's name and possibly some other personal information to identify the decedent. The clerk can provide, for a nominal charge, a copy of the Last Will and Testament on file, if there is any. If the Will does not state what you have been led to believe, you should protect your beneficial interests immediately by retaining counsel to address those issues to the Probate Court. Good luck with your endeavors!
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