In Florida, the custodian of a will is required to file the will with the court having jurisdiction over the decedent within 10 day of learning that the testator is dead. As Florida Probate Lawyers we often have clients who are wanting to see a family members will but are not provided with one. Although you may not have a right to get one from the custodian, you can require them to file it in the court and then obtain a copy with the court.
If the custodian refuses or delays in filing the testator’s will timely (within 10 days) you may file an action to require compliance with the Florida Statutes. In such a case, you are entitled to be reimbursed all costs, damages, and a reasonable attorney’s fees.
We often send demand letters for our clients requesting the will to be deposited with the court prior to filing actions on their behalf. If you would like to learn more about this and how you can obtain a Florida Will Contact a Florida Probate Attorney to discuss your situation.