How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Thomas Your Own Question

Thomas, Lawyer
Category: UK Law
Satisfied Customers: 7055
Experience:  BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
Type Your UK Law Question Here...
Thomas is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Who has the right to see a deceased person's will?

Resolved Question:

Who has a right to see a deceased person's will in the UK?

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.

Are you the beneficiary by any chance?

Who is the executor and who are they not showing it too?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My concern is younger sister. She was very close to the deceased (Uncle Ken, our late father's, late sister's husband). She was told numerous times, clearly and directly by Uncle Ken, while he was still fit and well in the weeks before he died, that he had remembered her in his Will, and that she would be taken good care of.

The Funeral was a week last Tuesday. The Executor is one of Ken's brothers, but unfortunately, I have no reason to be trusting of him.

I had always assumed the Executor had a duty to inform any beneficiaries promptly. But so far, my sister has received no news not mention of the Will.

I am therefore very worried that the Will may have been altered at the death-bed and that my sister may not receive the inheritance she expects, deserves and is depending on.

Do we have any right to ask to see the Will? To know the date it was written and/or amended.

Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.

Generally there is a right beneficiary to see (or be informed of the main points of) a Will of the deceased but it the executor decision as to whether to show the Will. Though there may be some circumstances in which the executors postpone, where the beneficiary is to inherit subject to surviving 28 days from the date of death then they will likely wait until the 28 day period has expired.

In the end the Will become a public document once the grant of probate has been obtained so there is little reason executor not to show it.

If no grant has been obtained you should make a "standing search" of the calendar, which will notify you and send you a copy of the grant if one is take out within 6 months of the date of the search:-

If you have grave concerns about legitimacy of any Will executed on his deathbed then you should see a solicitor immediately about the possibility of entering a caveat so that there is time to dispute/resolve the matter. Info here:-

Thomas, Lawyer
Category: UK Law
Satisfied Customers: 7055
Experience: BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
Thomas and 4 other UK Law Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick Leeds, UK
< Previous | Next >
  • A quick response, a succinct and helpful answer in simple English. I believe I can now confront the counter party with confidence -- worth the 30 bucks! Rick Leeds, UK
  • I did not know a French Law service existed and I was very impressed with the speed of reply --- very professional. Many thanks! Ms. Baker Alfafar, Spain
  • Thank you so much for your help. Your answers were really useful and came back so quickly. Great! Maggie USA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC

Meet The Experts:

  • Ben Jones

    Ben Jones


    Satisfied Customers:

    Specialist in UK Legal Matters
< Last | Next >
  • Ben Jones's Avatar

    Ben Jones


    Satisfied Customers:

    Specialist in UK Legal Matters
  • INC's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    LL.B, Pg.Dip, LL.M, M.B.A (Pending), Solicitor-Advocate. UK Practising Certificate issued by SRA., DIFC Courts Registered (Dubai)
  • Jenny Mackenzie's Avatar

    Jenny Mackenzie

    Satisfied Customers:

    Over 10 years experience in general legal matters
  • Matthew J's Avatar

    Matthew J


    Satisfied Customers:

    4 y PQE (Partner) - Commercial / Residential Property & Property and Civil litigation experience
  • Stuart J's Avatar

    Stuart J


    Satisfied Customers:

    PGD Law. 20 years legal profession, 6 as partner in High Street practice
  • Thomas's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
  • Alex J.'s Avatar

    Alex J.


    Satisfied Customers: