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Brother/Executor won't release copy of Dad's Will

My dad died recently and my brother was left the family home and his money is 2 b divided among the rest of the family. The brother left the home is the executor of the will. We received this information from the solicitor. He won't give out a copy of the will. He told us the executor has instructed him not to release a copy. My question . Can the executor block the remainder of the family getting a copy of the will before all is settled. Or when can a copy b received.

 If you suspect that there is something odd about the circumstances about the kind of bequest to your brother of the family home – in other words there is the possibility of undue influence – you can contest the Will and the first step in this is to lodge a Cavet in the Probate Office.  This is a very simple document which requires the Probate Registrar not to allow probate be taken out without reference to you. 

You can visit the Probate Office in Dublin or if you are outside Dublin you can visit the County Registrars Office who provide probate services and ask for help in filling out the Caveat. 

In the particular circumstances if you are named in the Will you have a right to receive a copy and the solicitor although acting on the instructions of your brother has a duty to all beneficiaries under the estate.  I believe that he or she has an obligation to give you a copy of the Will and perhaps a phone call to the law firm’s office will clarify this. 

My own experience is however that the filing of a Caveat will usually produce the copy of the Will very quickly.

Here’s the link for the Probate Office: http://www.courts.ie

 If you’re outside Dublin, choose your local County Registrar’s Office at: http://www.courts.ie/offices.nsf/WebCObyCounty?Openview&l=en

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