Is a will valid if registered and not challenged? 7 Answers as of August 15, 2011

Is a will valid if registered and not challenged? And are the heirs legally entitled in the share of the properties of the testator?

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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, a Will is deposited with the Court upon the person's death. Then a Petition is filed with the Court to probate the Will (assuming the decedent has assets that need to be probated). All of the heirs listed in the Will are entitled to notice of the probate. If no one objects, the Will is admitted to probate, and the people who inherit the testator/decedent's property are those that are listed in the will.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/15/2011
Law Office of Matt Potempa, PLLC
Law Office of Matt Potempa, PLLC | Matt Potempa
If a will was properly executed and admitted to probate, it should direct the accounting and distribution of the decedent's property as well as payment of their debts. Admitting the will the probate court is known as "opening the estate" and an administrator will be appointed. All interested parties (including heirs/distributees and creditors) should be provided notice of the opening of the estate and may contest the will or make claims against the estate. You should consult a probate attorney to assist in administering and/or contesting a decedent's estate.
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 8/15/2011
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
There are limitations as to when a challenge or contest to a will must be brought but that time doesn't begin to run until the date of the testator's death.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 8/14/2011
Ashman Law Office
Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
There is no such thing as registering a will in Georgia.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 8/14/2011
Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP
Olson Althauser Samuelson & Rayan, LLP | Todd S. Rayan
For a will to be valid it must be properly executed and witnessed, registration of the will has no bearing on the validity. The heirs named in the will are who are legally entitled to take under the will. A will may be contested as invalid or secured under undue influence or duress within 4 months of the filing for the admission of the will to probate.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/13/2011
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
    Just because a Will is registered or lodged does not make it valid. The answer to this question is not intended to form a attorney client relationship. Additionally, the answer given is limited to the facts contained in the specific question. If the reader is uncertain of the application of the answer to the question, legal advice from an attorney should be sought such that the attorney may review the details and specifics of the legal problem presented.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/13/2011
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C.
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C. | Brian Haggerty
    Wills aren't "registered" in Oregon any more. The Will needs to be submitted to the court with a petition to open probate. The probate process gives effect to the Will.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/13/2011
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