Probate Practice and Procedure

Custody and Probate of Wills

SECTION 33-7-7.1

§ 33-7-7.1. Disposition of documents intended as last wills and testaments in the possession of the probate courts.

The several city and town probate courts within the state are hereby authorized and directed to return all documents in their possession intended as last wills and testaments and accepted in accordance with the provisions of this chapter as follows:

(1) A notice, by certified mail, shall be sent to each testator, and/or person designated to receive the will upon death, including the drafting attorney, if known, at the last known address of each, indicating that the probate courts are no longer required to maintain custody of such documents and that the documents are available for return upon execution of the appropriate receipt.

(2) The probate courts shall not be required to retain further possession of such documents for a period not to exceed twelve (12) months following the issuance of the certified mail notice.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2008, ch. 306, § 2.)