Antigo, WI asked in Probate for Wisconsin

Q: My mother passed away Nov. 2015. I never received my inheritance can call probate yet

My mother told me that I will will be receiving a parcel land and some cash and the Will

was dated also in 2015

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1 Lawyer Answer

Thomas B. Burton

Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: If there was a Will, it should have been filed with the probate office at the Courthouse in the County in which your Mother resided when she died. If a probate action was opened, it should be listed online in the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access system. You can go to their website and search using your Mother's last name to see if a probate case has been opened. If you are named as a beneficiary in the Will, then you would be entitled to whatever assets are bequeathed to you in the Will, assuming your Mother still owned those assets at her death AND that her assets exceeded her debts upon death. Your Mother's Will should have named a Personal Representative (also called an Executor) to administer her Estate. You should check with this person to see if the bequests your Mother mentioned to you are in the Will. It seems likely that a probate action from 2015 would have been completed by now, but if no one opened the probate, then perhaps there is a probate process that the Estate still needs to go through before any assets can be distributed.

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