How many copies of a Will do I need?
One. In most jurisdictions, you only sign one original last will and testament if you go to an estate planning attorney. They will usually also provide you with a copy called a conformed copy. A conformed copy is an exact replica of the last will and testament, but it does not have the signatures of everybody that signed on that particular date.
A conformed copy
So if you were to sign your last will and testament, they would give you a conformed copy and there would be a blank where your signature is supposed to be, but your name would be under there as the person signing the last will and testament. And then it would also identify with blank spaces, who the witnesses are and also who your notary public is. That's called a conformed copy.
Now, the reality is most law firms will give you your original last will and testament with the wet signatures as what we call them the original. They will give you a conformed copy and then they will also give you photocopies of the original and usually a digital copy as well. But the one that the court is going to want to see in most jurisdictions, the one that they can actually probate is going to be that original last will and testament in most jurisdictions.
When you go to probate that last will and testament, you actually have to submit to the court, to the court clerk so that they can put in the probate file the original last will and testament. If it is a copy of a last will and testament, then that is grounds to contest it because we don't know whether or not that copy was actually doctored. We need the original last will and testament in most jurisdictions to probate an estate.
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