what to do with a will after death

What To Do With A Will

What Should I Do With The Will Of A Loved One?

What To Do With A Will After A Death

Most people know what a will is and that it contains the wishes of a loved one who has passed away. However, when that time comes, most people have no idea what to do with a loved one’s will that has been left in their possession. Until Probated, a will is just a piece of paper. If you found the will of somebody who has passed away, or “Testator”, you need to take steps to get the will legally recognized.

If you are the “Executor”, or the person specifically chosen in the will to probate it, you need to deliver the will to the proper Probate Court within 30 days of the Testators death. The proper Probate Court will be dependent on the location of the domicile of the Testator at the time of their death. Click for a Directory of Connecticut Probate Courts.

If you are not the named Executor but are in possession of the will, you can deliver it to the named Executor or the Probate Court within 30 days after becoming aware of their death or within 30 days of discovering the will.

If you are in possession of a will and fail to get it into the hands of the correct individuals, there may be civil or criminal penalties.

If you need to Probate a Will in Fairfield County and don’t want to handle it on your own, contact our Connecticut licensed probate attorneys at Glouzgal Law PLLC. We can handle Probate matters on behalf of the fiduciaries who would otherwise have the responsibility. We have experience with the Danbury Probate Court and the Bethel Probate Court and know the policies and procedures that would throw the common person for a loop. Contact us today at 203-740-1400.