UK Family Law
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An executor of a person's estate is responsible for who sees the Will and who doesn't. They will normally contact the beneficiaries of the estate following death in order to inform them of their beneficiary status and what has been left to them OR to provide them directly with a copy of the Will.
It is entirely up to the judgement of the executor as to whether to inform persons who are not named as beneficiaries of the content of the Will.
If you suspect that the executor may mismanage the estate or not act in accordance with the directions made in the Will OR will not immediately inform the beneficiaries then you should see a solicitor about writing the executor, possibly considering taking out a caveat or carrying out a standing search at the probate registry so that you receive notice and a copy of the grant of probate (to which the Will shall be attached) as soon as the same is granted:-
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