Government or Private
Will registries allow you to store your Will, or details about where to find it, in a safe place so others can easily find it after you die. Will registries are either run by state agencies or private companies. Florida does not have a state operated Will registry, so any registration service available in the state is only offered by private companies.
Regardless of whether a Will registry is run by the state or private company, it’s vital to recognize that these services are never required if you want to make or keep a Will. Florida law makes specific requirements of anyone making the Will, but registering it with a Will registry is not one of those. While a Will registry can make it easier to locate your Will, it is never a requirement for making one, either in Florida or in any other state.
It’s also important to recognize that using a Will registry service in no way affects whether your will meets the legal standard of your state. If, for example, you live in a state which offers a state operated Will registry and decide to use it, that will not automatically make your Will legally valid. After you die a probate court in your state will have to determine if your Will complies with all the legal standards required. Whether you have registered your Will or not will have no impact on any of those requirements.
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