Certain people may be eligible to see the will before probate is granted.
Those people who are eligible include:
- any person named or referred to in the will, whether as a beneficiary or not
- any person named or referred to in an earlier will as a beneficiary
- the surviving spouse, de facto partner (same or opposite sex) or children of the deceased person
- a parent or guardian of the deceased person
- any person who would be entitled to a share of the estate of the deceased person if the deceased person had died intestate (see Who can inherit?)
- any person (including a creditor) who may have a claim against the estate of the deceased person.
For the complete list see Succession Act 2006, section 54.
If you apply to inspect or obtain a copy of the will it must be at your own expense.