The answer is “No.” In Georgia, like most other states, there is no requirement that you file your Will with any court prior to your death.
Remember that you can change or revise your Will at any time. So, your original Will generally stays with you, hopefully stored in a safe, fireproof location, such as a safe deposit box at your bank. But you don’t need to “file” or “record “ it with the court, while you are alive.
Of course, after you pass away, your Will must be filed with the Probate Court as the first step in settling your estate. But that’s for later. For now, just make sure your Will is stored in a safe place.
While we’re discussing storage, we should also mention that you have the option to store your Will for a nominal fee with the Probate Court in most counties, while you are still alive. This is not an official “filing” or “recording” of the Will, but it is an option if you’re looking for a safe place to store your Will.
Our attorneys at Baker Law Group enjoy working with clients in both the planning stages (writing up your Will) and the probate process (helping families settle estates). If you have questions about storing your Will or about the probate process, just give us a call at (770) 992-4325 or email us: email@example.com