If you're not a beneficiary there's no requirement to allow you to view the will as far as I know. But when the will is filed with the Register of Wills, which would be in the county were the person who died resided, anyone can then go to that office & see it.
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The attorney is under no obligation to provide you a copy of the Will or to let you look at it, but you may look at and make a copy of any Will in the Register of Wills office where the estate is probated.
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You are entitled to see the will if it is being administered in probate. So, if an estate was opened, not only are you entitled to see the will, the lawyer or executor is required by law to give you notice entitled Notice of Beneficial Interest saying that there's a will, that you have an interest in the estate, and you are permitted to see the copy of the will that was filed with the Register of Wills office if you contact the register's ofice -- this is all assuming the death was is PA and the estate was opened in PA. If it's in another state, then you need to talk to an attorney in the other state.
If you are a close relative of the deceased, even if you're not in the will, you're supposed to get that notice.
If you know you're named in the will and you think something strange is going on, you should go to an attorney asap and tell them everything, and let them pursue this for you.
Normally when I handle an estate administration, if one of the people I send a Notice of Beneficial Interest to contacts me, rather than making them go through the Register's office, I will just go ahead and honor their request for a copy. I mean, why not? They've experienced the death of someone close to them, so why make their life any harder?
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