It is really important when you have made a Will to store it securely to ensure that it is not lost or damaged.
It is also important for others to know where they can find it following your death and that you inform your Executors of its location. Remember to write it down for them - don't just tell them.
The law does not prescribe where you should store your Will but it is crucial to preserve the original document and select the storage arrangements which are safest and most appropriate for you.
Some options are:
* Ask your lawyer to store it
We offer to make arrangements to store any Will we have drafted for free and provide you with a copy. The benefit of using a solicitor to store the Will is they are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and you have recourse if the Will is damaged or lost.
We also make arrangements to store Wills we haven't prepared for free too.
*Ask a Will Writing Company to store it
This is an option but Will Writers are not regulated and will often make a charge for this service.
* Lodge the Will with the Probate Service
This is a reliable option but it must be lodged with them officially and formal requests must be made for retrieval too. There is a charge for this service.
*Keep the Will Yourself
You can of course store the Will yourself but we recommend making very secure arrangements and consider the dangers of storage at home of fire and flood. If you were to die in a house fire the chances are your Will could go up in a puff of smoke too!
Never attach other documents to your Will with staples or paperclips as this could raise questions about whether the Will is missing parts or amendments.
If you have a Will and wish to discuss storing it securely free of charge, please do let us know. We are also willing to arrange storage of LPA's and Deeds.