Posted: Aug 14, 2006 8:49 pm
Don't wills have to be filed in probate court, and are a matter of public record?
yes they do, however, there are so many things one can do these days to transfer property, etc in order to avoid probate - and it has been the trend for the last 15 years or so - its supposed to make it easier on the survivors - if there is no will and a person who believes they are a beneficiary has a claim or wants to make one, there is a procedure whereby you petition the court to act as if the person died intestate (w/o a will) and then the whole family/next of kin lineage thing will kick in - but it is such a huge fucking hassle. and ridiculously time consuming
if its already difficult now...