There are several reasons why a will should be probated (or recorded). The three basic reasons are
- There may be assets that need to be administered by a personal representative (i.e., assets in the decedent's name alone, not held jointly with a right of survivorship)
- The decedent may have owned real estate in Chesterfield or elsewhere, either alone or jointly with someone.
- The will, once probated, would become a matter of public record, thereby serving as a formal genealogical link to the decedent's family.
By recording the will, it becomes a permanent record available for review by family members as well as potential beneficiaries and creditors.