How To Get A Copy of Mom’s Will?

  1. Contact Executor
    If your sibling is named as your mother’s executor, simply ask him/her for a copy of her final Will and a list of her assets.  If that does not work, go to step 2.
  2. Contact Estate Attorney
    As a beneficiary, you are entitled to receive information relevant to your inheritance.  Your mother’s estate attorney should be able to provide you with a copy of her Will.  If that does not work, go to step 3.
  3. Contact Probate Court
    Call the probate court in the county where your parent lived at death.  So for example if your mother lived in Westchester County, New York at her death you would call the probate court and ask to get a copy of her Will as probated.

The probate court judge is called a “Surrogate Court Judge” so you would search online (Westchester NY Surrogate Court).  Ask to speak to the Clerk of the Court about getting a copy of your mother’s Will.  You will need her name and date of death.  There may be a small filing fee or other form necessary to honor your request.