A "reading of the will" rarely occurs in real life. You see readings occur often in movies to add dramatic effect. The person in possession of the will has a duty to deposit the will with the County Clerk in the county where the decedent resided at the time of his or her death. If the do not, there is a procedure to compel them to do so. Additionally, a will generally must be probated within four years after the date of the decedent's death.