My father passed away in April 2018. My stepmother has not ever brought up the subject to me or my brother since then, which leads me to believe that he left everything to her, seeing as the will never went to probate court. I really could care less about any inheritance but I really feel like I need to at least see the will, for closure if nothing else. There is a lot of underlying anger here lots of not so nice things done to me and my brother over the years, so I know it’s pointless to ask her. Problem being I don’t even have the name of my father’s attorney...I have no idea what to do.
Write to the local probate court and tell them you would like a hearing on the contents of the will. Try to get a copy of the death certificate.
Strictly speaking, the will is supposed to be filed with the court with jurisdiction (usually town of last residence or where real estate was owned if different) shortly after he passed. That doesn't always happen, but when the will is filed with an application to probate it, the person filing is required to send a copy of the filing AND the will to both the beneficiaries under the will, and the heirs at law, which is you. Even if that didn't happen, you can always go to the probate court, usually in town hall, and give them your father's name. The will and most of the probate file are public record, they will bring it out to you to review.
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