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How can I force the reading of a will?

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How can I force the reading of a will?
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Could you please give me a little more information?
Who has died, and who is the Executor? Are you a beneficiary, do you know?
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

My father died in January.
His wife, at first said she couldn't find his Will, and then when found said that as he had no assets, there would be no probate and no readnig of the Will. Her nephew is the executor.
When ever the topic is brought up, it is inferred that it has been done so for financial reasons, which is not true as myself and my broters just would like t know what our fathers wishes were.

Hi Nigel,
Thanks for your reply.
Firstly, it is a myth that there has to be a reading of a Will. This is something you only see in television soaps and there is no legal obligation whatsoever on the Executor to organise a family reading.
Having said that, the Executor is under a duty to disclose to all beneficiaries in the Will what their legacy is, and all residuary beneficiaries (those who have been left a percentage share in the Estate) are entitled to see a copy of the Will.
Family members who are not residuary beneficiaries are not entitled to see a copy of the Will, as it is a private document.
Only once Probate has been obtained does the Will become a public document, and at which point anyone can apply to Leeds Probate Registry for a copy for a nominal fee.
Therefore, unless Probate has been obtained or you a residuary beneficiary, I'm afraid you are not legally entitled to see the Will, unless the Executor is happy to let you see a copy.
I am sorry this is not the answer you were looking for, but hope it sets out the legal position to you.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Many thanks for your answer.
Kind regards

Thanks Nigel.
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