I frequently get asked about the reading of a will after someone passes away. What could be more dramatic?
Unfortunately, in South Carolina, there is no formal requirement for a reading of the will. Usually, whoever is named as the personal representative knows where the will is and is responsible for bringing it to the probate court. There it will be public record. If you take something under a will, or would have inherited something if there was no will, you should receive notice that the estate has been opened. Generally, you can then request notice of everything that is going on in the estate or go to the probate court and look at the file.
Like all my posts, this is not legal advice, and I am not your attorney just because you are reading the blog. If you have any questions, contact an attorney, stat!