In this day and age are there still Will readings?

Do you have to have a lawyer, get everyone together and sit down and read a will once someone passes away?

Asked on May 24, 2012 under Estate Planning, Iowa


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, generally speaking, you do not.  Once a person passes away then the proposed executor will file a Probate Petition in to Probate Court (called Surrogate's Court in New York) and send notice (generally a Citation) and a copy of the Will to the named beneficiaries and the beneficiaries that would have been named should the decedent have died intestate (without a Will).  Good luck.

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