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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Will on File With The Court
Have you named a personal representative in your will, but a small part of you wonders if they'll actually follow your wishes? Are you afraid that your will be lost or destroyed if kept at home? In either case, you may want to consider putting your will on file with the Probate Court in the County where you reside. Here in Dane County, Wisconsin, one can file his/her will with the court for a nominal fee. It is then stored in a vault. The testator's death certificate must be furnished to have the will entered into probate; the original is never released. Word of caution, if you do file your will with the court, leave a clear indication to your loved ones about where it is filed. Without it, you've died intestate -- and that is usually not ideal.