Ideally, store it in a place where it's safe from disasters such as fires or floods, safe from thieves or snoops, but it's also easy for your loved ones to find when the time comes. A will can be kept in your home in a personal safe, locked file cabinet, or other secure location. If you keep your will in a place that requires a combination, password, or password to enter, be sure to share that information with someone you trust, such as your spouse, adult children, or your lawyer. Instead, we recommend that our customers keep their original will in a fireproof safe or in a safe inside their home.
Keeping documents in a safe or safe will make them easily available. We also emphasize that our customers give someone the information to enter the safe or safe so that they can access documents when needed, without additional stress or delay. This could be someone like your appointed executor or a trusted loved one. If you didn't use an attorney and aren't interested in hiring one to keep your will, the next best place to leave your will is with your executor.
Your executor is the person who will file your will in probate court when you die. If your executor already has your will, it's easy for them to file it on time. They won't have to place their will with other people or among their possessions. In addition to leaving your will with your lawyer or executor, there are alternative places where you can leave your will.
In those cases, you should take precautions to ensure that the will is safe, accessible and private, if you leave your will in the places described below. At a minimum, you should make sure to tell your executor where you keep your will. It is your executor who must locate your will and file it in court. It may also be appropriate to tell your lawyer where you keep your original will if you don't keep it with your lawyer.
Addressing concerns such as safety, accessibility, and ease can help you feel a sense of relief when it comes to something as important as your last will and will. Now that you know that you need a physical copy of your Last Will and Testament, you may be wondering where to keep it. The last will is an important part of an estate plan that distributes your assets and belongings to beneficiaries and loved ones when you die. If you've spent any time worrying about having a Last Will and Testament (a “will”), you may have read many articles about how a will is a fundamental part of a comprehensive estate plan.
Once you've created your last will, the next thing you should do is keep it in a safe place.