How to find a recorded last will & testament

Written by t roe
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to find a recorded last will & testament
Recorded last will and testaments are filed with the probate court. (US Supreme Court image by dwight9592 from

After someone dies, a last will and testament will provide guidance to legally distribute any money and personal items left behind to family and friends of the deceased. If a last will and testament is recorded it must be filed with the county probate court in the county where the deceased lived.

Skill level:

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Full name of deceased
  • County of residence

Show MoreHide


  1. 1

    Determine where the archived records for the probate court are kept for the county of residence for the deceased.

  2. 2

    Visit the location where the probate records are kept.

    How to find a recorded last will & testament
    Archives hold thousands of records. (ordner image by Jörg Stumpf from
  3. 3

    Go to the index of the archived records and locate the name of the person whose records you wish to view .

    How to find a recorded last will & testament
    Names should be listed alphabetically. (file image by Jan Will from
  4. 4

    Write down a list of the docket numbers of all the records you are interested in seeing or copying.

  5. 5

    Submit the list of records along with docket numbers and the full name of the deceased to the employee working in the archive.

  6. 6

    Make copies or take notes to preserve the important information pertaining to the last will and testament in which you are interested.

  7. 7

    Return all records to the archive employee in the same condition in which you received them.

Tips and warnings

  • Many archives have information available online. You may be able to find information about the archive and even a copy of the holdings list.
  • Never write on any records you are given to view. Return all records in the original condition.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.