What must be legally done with the will?
The executors must report to the court house of the county where the decedent was legally
domiciled at the time of death with the following items:
  • A completed petition for probate and grant of letters (the form is included in this packet)

  • The original will, all codicils, and/or any related documents giving direction as to how property should by disposed upon death

  • A death certificate

  • Appearance of executor(s)

  • Witnesses to will (unnecessary if will is self-proven)

  • Sworn English translation if will is written in a foreign language

A Check or Cash to Cover Probate Fees
Probate fees are due to the Register of Wills at the time of probate. The costs, based on the value
of the estate, are documented on the enclosed fee schedule (a current fee scheduled can be
obtained at the Register’s office).

If a notarized self proving affidavit is attached to the original will, the will is considered self-proven. If the will is not self-proving, two subscribing witnesses (witnesses who signed the will) must prove the signature of the decedent. If the witnesses to the will are available, they must sign an Oath of Subscribing Witness Form. If they cannot be located, then two persons familiar with the signature of the decedent must sign an oath of non-subscribing witness, stating that they believe the signature on the will to be that of the decedent.

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1. Must all wills be probated? Can money distribution be made to heirs without probate?
2. If someone dies, where will I find the will?
3. What happens if I can’t find the will?
4. What if I know there is no will?
5. What must be legally done with the will?
6. I have been named executor, but I do not want to serve. Can I get out of it?
7. What must I do if I am named executor?
8. Can the Register of Wills guide me through estate administration, or must I seek legal counsel?
9. What is a short certificate?
10. How do I know how much I have to pay in taxes? When do I have to pay them?