If you have had your will written by someone else, you might not even have a copy. However, it is well worth asking the company who did the writing for you to forward you a version that you can keep in the house; in these circumstances, if you live with someone else, your will can easily be found.
If you live on your own, it is still worth keeping a copy at home, in an obvious place that can easily be found. It is crucial you tell your executor where you are keeping your Will, as often people's last wishes cannot be found because the Will simply cannot be found. However, it may also be useful to store a duplicate elsewhere - the majority of people who keep copies of their will away from the house often choose the Will Writer or solicitor's office where they had it drawn up.
Electronic Wills Storage
It is now possible to store your Will electronically. The UK Will Registry Office allows users to store digital copies of their testament on their secure database, for a small fee. After a death, a close relative (ideally the executor) can apply for access to the document, after which it can be erased from the database. You should note, however, that there may be a charge for making alterations to your will if you store it with the Will Registry Office.
Many banks offer a Will storage service and will charge a fee for this. It is unwise, however, to store your will in a safety deposit box at your bank as the box will not be accessible until probate has been granted, and probate cannot be granted without producing the original Will.
Probate Registry Will Storage
You can request your Will is stored at the Probate Registry office, who will charge you a small fee for doing so. Contact your local Probate Registry office for more details.
Legacy Wills Secure Storage
Legacy Wills offer three types of secure Wills storage for our clients, and your Wills consultant can advise you which is best suited to your personal requirements.
The Bronze package offers secure storage for your Will, as well as supplying you with your own personal copy. With the Silver package, your Will is securely stored, and three additional copies of your Will are supplied. We also give silver package clients unlimited aftercare service should you wish to make amendments to the Will. Gold package Wills are securely stored, and up to five additional copies of your Will are supplied to you. You will also benefit from unlimited aftercare service for any amendments to the Will as well as an annual Will review.
Contact our Wills Specialists Today
If you are looking to know more about Will storage, wish to write a Will, or review an existing one, our friendly and knowledgeable advisers would be delighted to hear from you. We can arrange a consultation over the phone or in person, which can help us to build an accurate picture of your specific needs and requirements thus allowing us to advise you on every possible detail, and guide you smoothly through the entire estate planning process. Give us a call today on 0345 260 0600 or get in touch via our online contact form.