Law Notes

Reports to the Arkansas Bar by the Faculty of the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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Articles written by

Lonnie Beard

Lonnie Beard is Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

Questioning the practice of executing duplicate original wills

What purpose is served by the execution of duplicate original wills? Presumably the primary reason for doing this is to have a properly executed original to offer for probate if the other original is misplaced. With this purpose in mind, the testator may keep one of the originals while the other is held by a third party, usually the drafting attorney. Is this purpose accomplished?