3 Questions About Will and Living Will Registries

Jun 7, 2013

Question 1: What is a living will or a will registry?

People who create last wills and testaments and living wills in Greensboro, North Carolina, have to make sure that these documents comply with all relevant state law. Some states, such as North Carolina, provide residents with the ability to file some of these important documents with a state office. You can file any advance health care directive, such as your living will, with the Secretary of State’s office. Once you register the document it makes it easier for your family and healthcare workers to access it later if it’s needed. North Carolina does not have a registry service for last wills and testaments.

Question 2: Do I have to use a will/living will registry?

Absolutely not. There is no requirement in any state that you file your will or living will with a state government body in order for it to be legally valid. While your document must contain the specific elements as outlined by law, you do not have to register it. Creating a will, or a living will, is entirely optional, as is registering these documents with any state office or official.

Question 3: What about those registration services I see on the Internet?

There are several companies that offer private registration services, but all of these are optional. If you’re worried about getting your important documents to the people who need them when the time comes, you need to talk to your estate planning attorney to ensure this is possible.

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