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Wills: Public Open and Public Closed, Holograph
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A will is a personal, free and revocable act by means of which a capable person disposes of his rights and properties, declares or accomplishes duties, effective after his death. 

Public opened wills, Public closed wills and the holograph wills may be granted before the General Consulate of Mexico, if they include disposition of rights or properties located in Mexico. 

Public Opened Wills

In this kind of wills, the interested party appears before the General Consul, without witnesses, and express his free will. Then, the General Consul prepares a public deed containing the will and the interested party signs it. 


Public Closed Wills

The public closed will is handwritten by the interested party, who appears before the General Consul and delivers a closed envelope containing the will, before three witnesses. Then, the General Consul prepares a public deed stating the delivery of the closed envelope containing the will. 


Holograph Wills

The holograph will is also handwritten by the interested party, who appears before the General Consul and delivers a closed envelope containing the will. The General Consul prepares a public deed stating the delivery of the closed envelope containing the will and sends the closed envelope to the General File of Notaries ("Archivo General de Notarias") of the Federal District, Mexico. 




Requirements:

    Any person interested in granting a will, must present her passport with a copy thereof

    If you wish to grant a public opened will, you must present a written detailed description of the properties, the complete names of the heirs, as well as of the person that will be appointed as "executor" ("albacea"). The executor is the person or corporation that administer all the properties until they are divided and in possession of the heirs. One or more persons may be appointed executors, to act jointly or separately, and even a Bank may be appointed executor

Once you have the required documents, please call (212) 217 6477 or (212) 217 6419 to make and appointment, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please consider that except for urgent cases, the appointment shall be granted according to the availability.

In your appointment, you will be informed the date you must personally appear before the Mexican Consulate to sign the corresponding public deed. 

The fees for granting a public opened or closed will, and for the reception of an holograph will, are listed on the following page click here **
** Please note that these amounts shall be paid in advance, in cash or by a money order issued in favor of the General Consulate of Mexico. 


The Legal Department for Powers of Attorney and Notary Public Acts offers service to Mexican citizens and foreign citizens. For information in Spanish regarding our consular services, click here.