My mother’s will

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My mother’s will

My mother typed out her will. She left
all money on her prepaid card to me.
Being that she typed it out and at
witnesses and notarize it. Is it a
valid legal document? Having trouble
with receiving my money.

Asked on July 26, 2017 under Estate Planning, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If the will was signed by her and properly witnessed, it should be a valid will. However, it has to be probated--to be filed with the court and go through the probate process--before any of your mother's property or assets (e.g. money) will be transferred to you. While your state has a streamlined probate process, there are still steps that must be done. You and the executor should contact the surrogates or probate court in the county in which your mother lived for instructions.


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