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Letter to the Editor - April 4

April 04, 2012

For safe keeping, remember the Register of Wills


To the editor:

After recently witnessing problems with the administration of a person’s estate, here are some thoughts to keep in mind when writing your last will and testament. The person you name as your personal representative has a legal and moral obligation to file your will with the Register of Wills.

To avoid problems and the possibility that your personal representative may not be able to honor this obligation, always file your will with your local Register of Wills for safe keeping after you have written it. This can be done for a $5 fee. After you pass, the Register of Wills will appoint your personal representative (named in your will or an alternate) and help oversee the administration of your estate.

Let it be known to your family and friends that you have done a will and that it is already registered. This will avoid the possibility of a conveniently disappearing will, altered will, the stress on your survivors in trying to locate it or the refusal of your personal representative having possession of it and refusing to file it (which is not legal). 

You have taken the time to write a will and your last wishes are important and you want them to be honored. By taking the simple step of filing your will with The Register of Wills,  you can avoid unnecessary heartache and stress on your grieving loved ones.

Lisa Regester
Hagerstown

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