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Rule 418.Deposit of Wills

(a) Deposit by Testator. Any testator may deposit his or her will with the court administrator in any county subject to the following rules. Wills shall be placed in a sealed envelope with the name, address, and birth date of the testator placed on the outside. The administrator shall give a receipt to the person depositing the will.

(b) Withdrawal by Testator or Agent. Any will may be withdrawn by the testator in person upon presentation of identification and signing an appropriate receipt. A testator's attorney or other agent may withdraw the will by presenting a written authorization signed by the testator and two witnesses with the testator's signature notarized.

(c) Examination by Guardian or Conservator. A guardian or conservator of the testator may review the will upon presentation of identification bearing the photograph of the person seeking review and a copy of valid letters of guardianship or conservatorship. If the guardianship or conservatorship proceedings are venued in a county other than that where the will is filed, the required copy of the letters shall be certified by the issuing court within 28 days of the request to review the will. The will may only be examined by the guardian or conservator in the presence of the court administrator or deputy administrator, who shall reseal it after the review is completed and shall endorse on the resealed envelope the date it was opened, by whom it was opened and that the original was placed back in the envelope.

(d) Copies. No copies of the original will shall be made during the testator's lifetime.

(Added effective January 1, 1997; amended effective January 1, 2020.)

Advisory Committee Comment - 1996 Amendment

This rule is new and is intended to provide a standard mechanism for handling wills deposited with the court for safekeeping. Minnesota Statutes, section 524.2-515, became effective in 1996 to permit deposit of any will by the testator. This rule is intended to provide uniform and orderly rules for deposit and withdrawal of wills that are deposited pursuant to this statute.