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.
Joan Reed Wilson Esq. – Managing Partner
Practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law, Medicaid planning, conservatorships, probate and trust administration, and real estate. Admitted to practice in the States of Connecticut and California, she is the Vice President of the CT Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), an active member of the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, accredited with the PLAN of CT for Pooled Trusts, with the Veteran’s Administration to assist clients with obtaining Aid & Attendance benefits for long-term care needs and with the Agency on Aging’s CareLink Network.