Akron, OH asked in Estate Planning for Indiana

Q: When does a living will begin after the death of a loved one?

My aunt is my mother's POA. I'd like to know when her authority ends and the living will takes place. She's refused to let me take any of my mother's possessions on grounds of settling her estate. I'm her only daughter and sole heir. Is there any possible way to see these documents without her being there or knowing about it?

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: A living will expires at death. You probably mean you want to see the will. A probate is usually required to administer an estate. If a probate case has not been started then you can hire an attorney and start one yourself. Then the court can order your aunt to turn over the will.

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