As directed by the Legislature (N.J.S.A. 3.B:3-2.1(d), effective September 2005), the Office of the Secretary of State maintains a Will Registry wherein a testator, (the person making the will) or his/her attorney, may register with the Will Registry Program which contains basic information about the will.
Registration is entirely voluntary and electing not to register with the Office of the Secretary of State does not have any effect on the validity of the will.
The fee to file a Will Registry Form is $10.00.
The fee for retrieval of a Will Registry Form is $10.00.
Please send a check or money order made payable to: "The State of New Jersey"
and send to:
The Office of the Secretary of State
PO Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625 - 0300
To promote privacy, only "interested persons" as defined in N.J.S.A. 3.B:3-2.1(d), or their representatives, may search the Will Registry and only executors or fiduciaries will be given the location of the will.
All forms pertaining to the Will Registry Program are located below.
N.J.S.A. 3.B:3-2.1(d) - interested persons means children, spouses, potential heirs, devisees, fiduciaries,
creditors, beneficiaries and any others having a property right in or claim against a trust estate or the estate
of a descendent which may be affected by the proceeding.
Click on the Links to access the forms.
Will Registry Form - PDF File
Request for Will Registry Information
Form - PDF File
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