In addition, if there isn’t any estate to speak of, the will may never get “read.”
It doesn’t work in real life like it does in the movies.
When someone dies, in the hospital or from expected means, burial is generally pretty quick. Not to sound ghoulish, but you don’t want to leave a body just sitting around waiting for the attorneys to crack open the will.
When my mother died, her will was never read. At least not officially. Everything was going to my father, so why bother with the expense?
When my dad died, we had to close out his estate. We didn’t file the will, because it was so out of date that my sister and I agreed that it no longer stated his wishes. We used a little known option, Small Estates Act. It allowed us to close out his checking account without having to go through probate.
But all of this happened well after he was buried.
DarkLight you have indicated before that you are concerned about having a Catholic funeral. Have you spoken to your pastor? Does your family know that you are Catholic? Both of those will go a long way toward making sure your wishes are carried out.