My aunt notified me on Saturday, 1/25/2014 that my grandmother had passed away. She tried to make me believe it had happened recently. When I pushed her for a date, she changed the subject 3 different times until I forced the issue. I was then told that she had died on 10/12/2013 FOUR months ago. There must be a reason she waiting so long to notify our family. How do I go about asking to read the will?
In most places, and to my knowledge, wills are not formally "read" like in the movies. If the will has been probated, heirs at law and/or named beneficiaries are supposed to receive notice. You can also determine if the will was probated (taken to the local county probate office and "made official") by contacting the local probate office with the name and date of death - the probate file is then typically public record. Keep in mind also that the will itself may only be part of the picture - most people today die owning non-probate assets (like life insurance with a beneficiary, or joint accounts, IRAs with beneficiaries) and/or trusts and these items do not go through probate.
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So sorry about your grandmother. I still grieve for mine. You left out the most important piece of information: what state did she pass away in? In OR and WA there is no such thing as "reading of the will." If a probate has been filed, you can get the will, if there was one, from the courthouse. The probate should have been filed in the county courthouse where your grandmother lived, where she was when she died, or, under unusual circumstances, the county where she had assets. For more details, consult with a probate attorney. Good luck.
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Sorry to hear about your grandmother. In Oregon, there is no "reading of the will". In fact I am not sure if there is any state that requires a formal reading of the will. Generally, people are notified that a will exists through probate which involves filing the will with a county courthouse. If the will is not probated then its not a matter of public record and you can't force someone to provide you with a copy of it. If you want to know your legal rights, etc., you should contact an attorney as the probate process is convoluted and difficult to navigate. Good luck.
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