Where should I store my Will?

Your Will is one of the most important documents you will ever write or have written for you. Therefore it is imperative that you keep it safe and out of harms reach. First of all we advise that you make copies of the Will. If your Will has been written by someone else that you might not even have a copy yourself.

Make sure you have a copy at home, kept in an obvious place and known to another person so as to be found immediately if necessary. If you live on your own, you have several options. It may well still be worth keeping a copy at home, in an obvious place. However, there are also several other places in which it might be useful to store a duplicate. The first of these is with a solicitor. If you already have a solicitor then they may well offer to store a copy of your will for free; otherwise you may have to pay a storage fee, but this should not be too significant. The majority of people who keep copies of their will away from the house seem to choose the solicitor’s office as the place in which they will do so.

However, the original Will with your signature, and the signature of your witnesses, is the only legal binding version of the Will. Copies are not valid, so you need to keep your original Will safe. Copies are only seen as valid when . We advise that you do not keep it at home. If it is lost, stolen or damaged (for example in a house fire), then it is as if you have not made a Will at all. If your family or friends cannot find the Will, again it is as if you haven’t made a Will.

If you have any questions about where you should keep your Will, call EAD on 0151 735 1000 and speak to a Liverpool Wills and Probate Solicitor today.

 

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