Estate Planning, Legacy, Probate, Will Contests, Wills

Never Lose Your Original Will: Scans Do Not Do a Thing

The originally signed will is solid gold.

For the love of all that is good, do not lose it.

I had a client who had the originally signed will at her house, but she wanted to just send a copy to the court.

And the court birthed a heifer.

You see, in Texas, you cannot submit a copy of a will to a probate court. It must be the original copy that the signer of the will (the testator) signed. No ifs-ands-or-buts.

And sometimes that will can be decades old. It’s very easy to lose a will in that time.

But the courts still need the original nonetheless.

Weirdly enough, in Texas, you can submit an original copy of the will to a probate court.

What is an original copy? It’s another will physically signed by the testator.

You print two or three of the same will, and you have the testator sign all three right then and there at the same signing ceremony.

Any of those three wills are now valid to take before a probate court.

But a PDF of a scan of a signed will? Forget about it!

So, my unsolicited advice, is for you to A. never lose your will, B. sign multiple copies of the will in one sitting, and C. let your loved ones know where to find your will once you store it in your home or in a cabinet (not a safety deposit box!).

Get advice on how to conduct your probate and estate plan. A professional, like Legion Law, can certainly help address all these concerns. Our estate plans are cost-effective, comprehensive, and are designed to stand the tests of time.

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Derek Christensen

Founder of Legion Law, PLLC

17250 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 237, Dallas, Texas, 75248
O: 682-200-0400 | C: 682-351-5120

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