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I have been estranged from my family for many years. I have just been informed that my father has died and that my brother is the executor. My mother is still alive so I take it all my fathers assets are transferred to her



My question is my brother being given access to the will when the mother is still alive



The death is being registered in the probate office so all assets can be passed to my mother



As wills are public documents, can I have access to this will from the probate office even though my mother is still alive. That is what is confusing me



Many thanks

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The executor of the will is tasked with executing the will, ie your brother has to make sure that your fathers wishes are carried out as per his will. If everything is to go to your mother he will have to make sure that happens and all put in her name. If he does anything not in the will he can be in trouble.


Check out gov.uk about access to wills. It's not a problem getting it while your mother is alive but I'm not sure how long after your father's death it takes to get a copy. It costs £10.


I know you were estranged but I'm sorry for your loss.


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