BILL NO A03550
SAME AS S02489
Add S2510, SCPA
Provides that each county shall establish and maintain a registry of wills and
codicils executed in that county for which the surrogate's court has
jurisdiction; establishes what information shall be included in such registry.
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A3550
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the surrogate's court procedure act,
in relation to establishing a registry of wills and codicils
PURPOSE: To establishing a registry of wills and codicils. SUMMARY OF
PROVISIONS: This bill adds a new section 2510 to the Surrogate's Court
procedure act to require each county Surrogate to establish and maintain
a registry of wills and codicils executed in such county. Such registry
shall be available for public inspection and shall include the following
information: (a) the name of the testator or testatrix; (b) the date on
which such will or codicil was executed; (c) if a codicil, the date of
execution of the will such codicil amends; and (d) the physical address
at which such will or codicil is located.
Under the bill, upon the execution of any will or codicil, the attorney
for the maker of the will or codicil shall, within ten (10) days after
its execution, deliver to the Surrogate Court the information set forth
above. Such information may be delivered by mail or electronic means.
The bill requires the Surrogate Court to maintain the format and content
of the will registry on a computerized data base, which shall be updated
at least monthly. The Court shall provide public access to the computer-
ized data base in a manner that allows individuals to search the regis-
try by name, date or address.
Nothing in the bill shall be construed to require any testator or testa-
trix to file a will or codicil upon its execution nor shall any will or
codicil be deemed null, void or otherwise without effect due to the
failure to file.
EXISTING LAW: Currently there is no will and codicil registry estab-
lished in the surrogate Courts nor is there an obligation upon attorneys
to file their client's wills and codicils with the Court. However, many
Surrogate Courts permit the voluntary filing of wills with the Court for
JUSTIFICATION: In many cases, upon the death of an individual, the
decedent's family and attorney (if said attorney was not the preparer of
the will) are unable to locate the decedent's most recent will. This
bill, would begin to alleviate that problem by requiring the attorney
for the maker of a will or codicil to file a form with the Surrogate
Court indicating, among other things, the physical address at which such
will or codicil is located.
This bill does not require that the will or codicil be placed with the
Surrogate Court. Nor would it change the practice of Surrogate Courts
permitting the voluntary filing of wills with the Court for safe keep-
ing. Moreover, this bill not only applies to the attorney for the maker
of the will or codicil and not to the maker himself. An individual who
prepares his/her own will without the assistance of an attorney would
not be subject to the provisions on the bill.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013-14 S.1852A/A.1454A; 2011-12 S.808; 2009-10
5.240; 2007-08, S.659; 2005-06, 5.1476; 2003-04, 5.1164; 2001-02,
EFFECTIVE DATE: Ninetieth day after becoming law.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 27, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee
AN ACT to amend the surrogate's court procedure act, in relation to
establishing a registry of wills and codicils
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The surrogate's court procedure act is amended by adding a
2 new section 2510 to read as follows:
3 § 2510. Registry of wills and codicils
4 1. Each county shall establish and maintain a registry of wills and
5 codicils executed in the county for which such court has jurisdiction.
6 Such registry shall be available for public inspection and shall include
7 the following information:
8 (a) the name of the testator or testatrix;
9 (b) the date on which such will or codicil was executed;
10 (c) if a codicil, the date of execution of the will such codicil
11 amends; and
12 (d) the physical address at which such will or codicil is located.
13 2. Upon the execution of any will or codicil, the attorney for the
14 testator or testatrix shall, within ten days after its execution, deliv-
15 er to the court the information set forth in subdivision one of this
16 section for inclusion in the registry of wills and codicils. Such infor-
17 mation may be delivered by mail or electronic means and shall be deliv-
18 ered in the following form, or substantially similar form:
19 "REGISTRY OF WILLS AND CODICILS
20 COUNTY OF (insert county of testator/testatrix residence)
21 Name of Testator/Testatrix: (_______________)
22 Date will or codicil was executed: (_______________)
23 If codicil, date of original will: (_______________)
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
A. 3550 2
1 Physical address where will (_______________)
2 is located; no P.O. Box: (_______________)
4 3. The court shall maintain the format and content of such registry on
5 a computerized data base which shall be updated at least monthly and
6 shall provide a method for which registry information may be delivered
7 to the court electronically. The court shall provide public access to
8 such computerized data base in a manner that allows individuals to
9 search the registry of wills and codicils by name, date or address.
10 4. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any testator
11 or testatrix to file a will or codicil upon its execution.
12 5. No will or codicil shall be deemed null, void or otherwise without
13 effect due to noncompliance with the provisions of this section.
14 § 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
15 have become a law.