How do I file a Will without an attorney? 3 Answers as of August 24, 2012

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The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A.
The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. | Laurie E. Ohall
In Florida, the only time a Will gets deposited with the court is after an individual has passed away.

You do not need an attorney to deposit the Will with the court - you can take the will directly to the probate court in the county where the decedent died, or you can mail it, along with the date of death of the decedent, and the clerk's office will send you back a receipt for deposit.

There is no cost to deposit the will. However, if you need to probate the estate, in most cases, you will need an attorney to do so.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/24/2012
Richard J Kaplan, PA
Richard J Kaplan, PA | Richard J Kaplan
You can deposit it, but you can't probate it. To deposit it, go to the Probate Court in the county where the decedent resided. Present the original Will to the Probate Clerk along with the last 4 digits of the decedent's social security number and date of death. You should get a receipt from them too.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/24/2012
Lisa L. Hogreve, LC | Lisa L. Hogreve
In Florida, after a person has died, you may file the will for safe keeping with the Clerk of the Court. However, in order to probate the will, you will need to hire an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/24/2012
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