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WA Mother's Will with Public Trustee - Ask for a Copy?

Discussion in 'Wills and Estate Planning Law Forum' started by Melrose, 21 February 2016.

  1. Melrose

    Melrose Active Member

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    If mum's will is with the Public Trustee. Can I approach them for a copy as I know I am a beneficiary? The estate would probably only be worth $400,000 divided between my sister and I.

    Can I do this was soon as she passes? Is there a timeframe for settling everything? What are the costs involved with the Public Trustee?
     
  2. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    Which state are you in?
     
  3. Melrose

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    Jacqui Brauman Well-Known Member

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    The general rule is that once you have proof of death (particularly a death certificate), and if you are a beneficiary, then yes you should be entitled to a copy of the Will. I'm in Victoria, and that's the case here. In fact anyone who would be a beneficiary if there was no Will (intestate estate) could get a copy of the Will even if they weren't actually in it.
     

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