Mom passed away a couple weeks ago and sister has charge of her financial but won’t tell us anything and says there’s no will
If you say filed, you can check with the court of the county in which she lived to see if it was filed in their Will depository. If no will is found, intestate laws provide you share equally with all of your mom's children unless she was married at the time of her death. You or another person can open her probate and get the estate started. If there is a Will, it will say who is to serve as Administrator/PR. If not, you are in a position to serve. Seek the advice of an attorney.
If it is indeed filed, you'd be able to check with the county where it was filed. If you don't know which county it was filed in, it's usually the county where they lived/died and/or owned real property.
If you think there is a will but she is refusing to cooperate, take a look at RCW 11.20.010 as well which outlines the duties of one who has the will in hand at death of the testator (person who passed and left the will).
If there is no will however, and as Ms. Singleton stated, there are laws of intestacy that control when someone passes without a will. Probate would be opened, creditors handled, and assets distributed to heirs.
If it's contested, it's usually wise to consult and hire an attorney.
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