Can a Will Be Registered?
The registration of a will is not compulsory. It can be fully valued even if unregistered. However, the testator may register the will or deposit the will in a sealed cover with anyone he is acquainted with, who knows the family of the testator. There is no time limit for registration. A will can also be registered by the executor or any beneficiary after the testator’s demise. If there is no executor of a will, the court will appoint one. There is no stamp duty for registration of a will. In the event of the person desiring the will to be registered, he has to approach the office of the sub-registrar and has to be accompanied by the persons who have signed as witnesses on the said will. The executor of the will and the attesting witnesses have to put their signatures and thumb impressions in the register maintained by the sub-registrar. There are sub-registrars defined for various districts and you have to inquire in this regard from the concerned office as to which sub-registrar you are required to get your will registered with.