LegalBeagle in Wills, Trusts, and Estates Posted August 19 · Report reply 7 hours ago, LegalBeagle said: Does a statutory beneficiary to a will have a right in New York State to know the contents of the will and associated trust? For starters, you're going to have to explain what you mean by "statutory beneficiary to a will." The intestate law governs who gets what when there is no will, but a beneficiary of a will is not "statutory" in any way. Beyond that, it is generally the case that anyone mentioned in a will has a right to a copy. Moreover, if the will is probated, it will be part of the public case file. As far as any "associated trust," you're going to have to explain what you mean by that as well. 2 hours ago, knort4 said: New York law is notoriously not favorable to beneficiaries looking for/requesting a copy of the trust. Which specific law(s) are you talking about? 4 hours ago, LegalBeagle said: Does a trustee have the power to "specify that no one can have access to the trust document." or is it the Settlor of the trust that can so specify and not an appointed trustee that has such authority? The settlor can specify that, but the specific facts matter a lot. The trustee can restrict access to only those persons required by law to have access.