Do I need to file my will at the courthouse?
This is a question I get all the time. After people draft their documents, they often wonder if they need to be filed somewhere, such as the courthouse. The answer in most cases is no. I recommend keeping your will, power of attorney, advance directive for healthcare, and any other estate planning documents somewhere that’s safe and also accessible. That may be a safety deposit box, depending on your circumstances, or it may be a home safe that’s fireproof.
That being said, the probate court in your county in most cases will hold it for you if you ask. I usually don’t recommend that. However, if you are in a volatile situation, with a lot of inter-family conflict, and you are worried about your will actually making it to probate, you may want to contact your probate court and ask what’s involved for them to keep it on file until you pass away. Your attorney may also be able to provide a similar service.
Do you have any questions about what to do with your documents after they are drafted? If so, call Sarah White, Marietta probate attorney, at 678-453-6490. She would be happy to discuss your particular situation and answer any questions you may have about estate planning, probate, or special needs planning.