FALSE FACTS FRIDAY Issue 10: When A Loved One Dies, I Will Be Invited to a Reading of the Will
Is The “Reading of the Will” a Real Thing?
Who Gets a Copy of The Will?
Can Anyone Have Access To The Will?
Even though there is no official get together for the reading of the Will, a Will does become a public court record when it’s admitted to probate, regardless of who’s entitled to receive a copy. For a small fee, anyone can go to the appropriate courthouse and ask to see the will or write a letter to the probate court to request a copy by mail or fax. Under certain circumstances, the beneficiaries of a will or the executor can ask the probate judge to “seal” a will and probate records. This prevents the public from reading the will and all other related court documents.