Who gets a copy of a will after a testator dies?

Estate attorneys determine who is entitled to receive a copy of the Will, independent of any state law. 

Here’s a list of people who may receive a copy of a Will:

  • The heirs at law and/or prior beneficiaries
  • The personal representative named in the Will
  • The beneficiaries named in the Will
  • The Successor Trustee of the testator's revocable living trust
  • The accountant for the Estate
  • The IRS and/or State Taxing Authority

Although Wills are public record, the Last Will and Testament is not required by law to be read out loud to anyone.

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