Registration of Wills in Dominican Republic

Notary Law 140-15, created a Register of Wills to protect the interests of the parties involved in a will prepared in the Dominican Republic. As a result, all notaries that provide notarization services for the preparation of a will must register an extract of such will, before the corresponding judicial authority, within a period of five business days; stating the name of the testator, date, place and witnesses of the will. Failure to comply with registration of the will may entail the application of pecuniary fines to the notary public.

Certifications of registered wills may be requested to the corresponding judicial authority upon the completion and filing of the requirements thereto, according to the provisions of Resolution 23/2017, issued by the Judicial Branch Council on October 3 of 2017.

Questions about this information can be directed to the author Maria Arthur, Esq. (marthur@aclaw.com).

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