If my wife’s grea uncle recently passed away and had a notarized Will, is it necessary or is there any reason for the executor to register it after his death?

Asked on July 30, 2014 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss. There is a process after death to probate an estate and that can not be done until some one is officially appointed as the fiduciary of the estate of the decedent.  Just because there is a WIll does not mean that the process of submitting it for probate can be avoided.  Pennsylvania being a Commonwealth, the Register of Wills is the person with whom the proposed executor must file the appropriate documentation. Consult with an estate attorney in your area. Good luck. 

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