Where should I keep my original Will?
First, only an original Will can be admitted to probate by the Surrogate Court. Accordingly, the original Will should be kept in a safe place, usually a safe deposit box in a bank or in a secure, fireproof box at home. It is important that the Executor knows where you keep this original document. If an original Will is not found, there is a presumption that the person died intestate and the family will have to prove that a copy of the Will should be probated in Superior Court.

Show All Answers

1. How do I get started with an estate matter?
2. Do all wills have to be probated?
3. Do my survivors have to pay inheritance tax?
4. Must I engage an attorney to probate a Will?
5. Does the State of New Jersey take my assets if I die without a will?
6. What do I need to bring to the Surrogate Court to handle an estate?
7. Is it expensive to probate a Will?
8. What happens if I do not have a Will?
9. Where should I keep my original Will?
10. Can I change my Will by writing on it?
11. How do I adopt my new spouse's childen?
12. My grandmother wrote her last wishes on an envelope before she died. Is this considered a Will?
13. What does escheat mean?
14. Is there a way to find out if the State of New Jersey has money that I may be entitled to?
15. I have a special needs child. How do I become their guardian when they turn 18 years old?