Making a Will
A will does not go into effect until the person making it dies, so it makes sense that it is private. As your life changes, you may amend or rewrite your will to reflect those changes. Nobody has a right to look at your will during your lifetime; you can choose who to show it to. It is generally a good idea to give a copy to your attorney or executor.
Passing Into Probate
When you die, your will passes into probate court. Often your executor files the document in probate, but other interested persons can also open the probate action. During the probate process, the executor gathers your assets, pays your debts and locates your beneficiaries before dividing the estate according to your directions. Once the document is filed in probate court, it can be viewed by members of the public.