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I set out below a useful table concerning making claims under a Will.
I'm afraid that unless you are a beneficiary under the Will, you are not entitled to see a copy of it. as it is a private document. However, once Probate has been obtained, which can be anytime between 1 month and 12 months from the date of death, depending on the complexity of the Estate, the Will bbecomes apublic document, and any member of the public can apply for a copy of the WIll from Leeds District Probate Registry.
6 months from the grant of probate
no time limit applies
You can contest a will after probate although for lots of practical reasons it is always better to contest a will before probate is issued as an unscrupulous Executor aware oif any challenge to a will could dispose of the estate assets, for this reason if you believe you have grounds to challenge a will it is always best to put a Caveat on the estate first preventing probate being issued, this will provide time to allow a Solicitor to investigate the claim.
I trust this answers your question.
Really helpful reply, thank you.
If you know you are a beneficiary and you are to be notified do you get to see the whole will or just what you are entitled? And can you, as a beneficiary, demand to see the whole will...
Thanks for your kind reply.
Only a residuary beneficiary (ie one who is sharing a percentage of the Estate) gets to see the whole Will. All other beneficiaries, who are to inherit a specific amount or item, just get to see the copy extract from the Will showing their legacy.
I hope this helps.