The Myth of the Will Registry

Nov 21, 2012

Some people making a Will in Greensboro, North Carolina have heard about Will registries but don’t really know what they are. Some of these people may be confused by what these registries do, and may believe that you have to file your Will with the registry as part of the legal process. Here is what you need to know about Will registries and how they can impact your will.

Optional Registration

Will registries are run either by state governments or private companies. In some states, a Will registry allows citizens to file information about the location of their Wills. Private companies allow for the same services, and may even store a copy of the Will. However, you are never required to use a Will registry when making a Will. These services are always optional and you can make a legally valid Will without ever using either a state or private Will registry.

Security

The reason Will registries exist is so your family can easily locate your Will after you die. However, there are other ways to ensure your Will can be easily located by your family, such as securing it in a bank safe deposit box, or by any other method that will allow for easy location. As long as your family can locate your Will and bring it to the Guilford County clerk of the court, North Carolina’s version of a probate court, you have no need for a Will registry service.

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