2010 Tennessee Code
Title 32 - Wills
Chapter 1 - Execution of Wills
Part 1 - Execution Generally
32-1-112 - Deposit of will with probate court.

32-1-112. Deposit of will with probate court.

(a)  With respect to a testator who is living, any will in writing, being enclosed in a sealed wrapper, and having endorsed thereon the name of the testator, the testator's place of residence and the testator's social security number or driver license number, if any, and the day when, and the person by whom, it is delivered, may be deposited by the person making the will, or by any person for the person making the will, with the court exercising probate jurisdiction in the county where the testator lives. With respect to a deceased testator, any will in writing may be deposited by any person with the court exercising probate jurisdiction in the county where the testator lived at the time of the testator's death. The preceding provisions shall apply only if the clerk of the probate court has a secure vault or safe for the safe keeping of the will. The probate court shall receive and safely and securely keep any such will, and give a certificate of the deposit thereof, and for this service shall charge a fee of five dollars ($5.00).

(b)  The will shall, during the lifetime of the testator, be delivered only to the testator, or to some person authorized by the testator by an order in writing, duly proved by the oath of a subscribing witness. Any will that is deposited after the death of the testator shall be delivered only to a person named in the will as executor, to a next of kin of the testator, or to any other person so authorized by law or court order.

(c)  After the death of the testator and upon submission of a death certificate or other satisfactory evidence of death as determined by the judge exercising probate jurisdiction, the will shall be opened by the court in open session and shall be made public.

(d)  After the death of the testator, should jurisdiction of the will for probate belong to any other court, upon request of the executor named in the will or any other person interested in its provisions, the will shall be forwarded by certified or registered mail to the other court or delivered to the executor, or to some other trusted person interested in the provisions of the will, to be presented for probate in the other court.

(e)  (1)  The deposit of a written will as provided by this section shall not constitute a probate of the will nor, if deposited prior to a testator's death, preclude the testator from revoking it, amending it, withdrawing it, or depositing a substitute will, it being the intent and purpose of this section to provide only a place of depository for written wills, a procedure for depositing written wills, and a delivery of written wills for probate upon the death of the testator.

     (2)  If, after the death of the testator, a later will is discovered that supersedes a will deposited as provided in this section and the later will is duly admitted to probate, or if a will deposited as provided in this section is for any other reason invalidated, following the administration of the estate of the testator by or on whose behalf the will is deposited, and the settlement of the estate, upon order by the judge of the probate court wherein the will was deposited, the will shall be destroyed.

[Acts 1976, ch. 676, §§ 1-4; T.C.A., §§ 32-701 37-704; Acts 1989, ch. 364, § 2; 1999, ch. 507, § 1.]  

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