Is there a personal/legal consequence for not filing a Will?
Question Details: My mother died 42 days ago. She had essentially no assets at the time of death, but for a small balance in her checking account about $2000 and that was used to pay her adult family home for her last half month care. My sister and I were both POA, and paid for my mother's cremation. There is a Will and in it she left all of her assets to my sister and I. However, there isn't anything for us to divide. I just discovered that the state requires wills to be filed withing 40 days of death. Is there a consequence to not filing the will? There is a $240 filing fee for probate, but since there's nothing to distribute, I'm not willing to pay that. If I just decide not to file the will, is there any legal consequence for me, or my sister?
No, there is no legal consequence for beneficiaries or executors for not filing a will, and you are not required to go out of pocket (spend your own personal money) to file someone else's will. All that happens if that the will cannot be filed if you wait longer than 40 days, but that does not appear to be an issue for you.
Please accept our sympathy your family's loss.
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