What is a will? When and where should it be filed?

A will is a document executed by a person which disposes of his/her property after death. It generally names a personal representative to administer the estate. The custodian of the will must deposit the original will with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, within 10 days after receiving information that the person is deceased. The custodian should supply the person's date of death or the person's social security number to the Clerk upon deposit of the will, if this information is available.

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1. What is probate?
2. What is a will? When and where should it be filed?
3. Is it necessary for me to have an attorney?
4. Are there different types of proceedings that can be filed, depending on the size of the estate?
5. What happens if a person dies and has left no will?
6. What happens if there is a will filed, but no personal representative has been named?
7. How are probate proceedings initiated?
8. What happens after this information is filed with the Clerk?
9. Can I file a disposition of Personal Property without administration?
10. I received a Correspondence Letter from the Clerk's Office, now what?
11. How Do I Schedule a Hearing with the Judge?