I have a half sister who was purposefully left out of the will (stated in the will) by my father. However, it was not signed. I have an older (signed) will that was written before he knew of her existence. Do I follow the signed will and does my half sister have legal rights in this matter? Thank you.
– Bill Rabenstein
From these limited facts, I would say that the unsigned will would not be considered the true wishes of the decedent by the court. The first will would however. The rights of the half sister would be determined by the wording of the will. For example, it could say, “I leave this stuff to all my issue, equally.” In that case, she has rights. However, if it says, “I leave my stuff to Bill only and I purposely exclude any other issue, known or unknown,” then she has less rights, and perhaps none. It all depends on the language and validity of that previous will.
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