In a world that’s increasingly paperless, you’re likely becoming accustomed to conducting many transactions digitally. But when it comes to your last will and testament, only an original, signed document will do.
A Photocopy Isn’t Good Enough
Many people mistakenly believe that a photocopy of a signed will is sufficient. In fact, most states require that a deceased’s original will be filed with the county clerk and, if probate is necessary, presented to the probate court. If your family or executor can’t find your original will, there’s a presumption in most states that you destroyed it with the intent to revoke it. That means the court will generally administer your estate as if you’d died without a will.