I can't find a simple guide to this issue anywhere online and it seems to come up a lot. I am going to comile an FAQ from my general knowledge. I will ask the questions and give what I think are the answers. Corrections or fuller answers welcome. What is the procedure after a person dies where there is will? 1) The executor applies to the Probate Office for a Grant of Probate otherwise known as a Grant of Representation 2) The Grant of Probate confirms that the will is valid and gives the executor the authority to administer the estate in accordance with the will. FLAC sets out the procedure in detail 3) The probated will is now a public record 4) With the probate granted, the executor now has the authority to collect the assets into their own name with a view to distributing them to the beneficiaries. When and where can I see the will? Once Probate has been granted, the will is a matter of public record. You can call into the Probate Office or you can apply for a copy of the Probate and Will by post. Full details are in the first reply to this post. Have I a right to see the will before Probate is granted? No, the Executor is not obliged to show you the will. However, if you know who the Executor is, you can ask them. Do I really not have the right to see my father's will, even if I am the sole beneficiary? Not until Probate is granted How do I challenge the will? You can lodge a caveat with the Probate Office claiming, for example, that the will was forged. How can I challenge the will if I don't know what is in it? You will have to wait until Probate has been granted. Is it not too late to challenge the will after Probate is granted? No. The Grant of Probate only confirms that the will is valid and that the Executor has been validly appointed. At that stage, the assets will not have been distributed. What can I do if the Executor is very slow in taking out probate or in dealing with the will? Maybe there was no need to take out Probate. If the assets were all held in joint accounts, for example, with your mother, there was no need to take out probate. Generally, you can't do anything about it within 12 months of the death. If an Executor has confirmed that he has the will, but he has done nothing about it, and is not responding to your correspondence, contact your solicitor. If an executor fails to act it is possible for the beneficiaries to issue a Citation leading to the Executor having to accept or refuse a Grant. This thread sets out the one person's experience where the Executor was in conflict with the sole beneficiaries: The Executor is doing absolutely nothing Can I object to the way the Executor is handling the estate? I am the main beneficiary but the Executor is selling my father's house for less than I think it is worth. Does he need my permission? Can I get a final account of what happened? For example, what was the final total of assets and who got them? What did the Executor charge the estate? Only the residual beneficiary is entitled to this. If the Will specified that you were to receive €1,000 and you got your €1,000, then you have no further rights. If the will specified that you were to receive the remainer of the assets after the specific bequests had been distributed, then you are entitled to receive a full account of all the assets and how they were distributed. The Executor is just sitting on the assets and not distributing them? If the Executor is a solicitor, then you should write formally to him for an explanation of the delay. If he does not respond, you should write again, and notify him that you will be making a formal complaint to the Law Society, if he does not respond. Where can I get more information? The Probate Office itself is very helpful and will guide you through the process. However, they don't give legal advice. If you want to lodge a caveat or if you want to challenge a will, consult a solicitor.