Of course, once a Last Will and Testament is filed for probate with the appropriate state court, it becomes a public court record for anyone to see and read.
In certain circumstances, such as in the case of a famous or infamous Testator, the beneficiaries of the Will can request that the probate judge seal the probate court records to prevent the general public from viewing the Will and other probate documents, but the probate judge will grant this request only in rare situations, such as in the case of Michael Jackson's estate - his court records have been ordered to be sealed.
Before the beneficiaries can receive their share, an inventory must be made of the assets and the estate's bills paid.
The executor is usually responsible for carrying out both duties.
Executing a will, or carrying out the instructions in its text, can begin as soon as the will is filed with the probate court.
The will may be filed as soon as the testator, who wrote the will, has passed away.
These states allow an executor or beneficiary to force the person in possession of the will to file it if necessary.
This will serve to limit the amount of time that the disinherited beneficiaries can file a will contest for a specific period of time.There is no legal requirement that a Last Will and Testament be read out loud to anyone.Instead, the estate attorney has to determine who is entitled to receive a copy of the Will and who should be sent a copy even if state law does not require it. Probably the most important interested party who must receive a copy of the Will is the person or entity named to serve as the Testator's Personal Representative, also called the Executor or Executrix. Because the Personal Representative is solely responsible for settling the Testator's estate.Most states require the executor to complete the inventory within a few weeks or months after probate begins.State laws also require executors to give creditors a certain number of days after they receive notice of probate to send in their bills.You don’t need a formal document or deed - you can write a letter as long as it meets these conditions.