Your Will: An Important Document that Should be Kept Safe

Your Will: An Important Document that Should be Kept Safe

Wills are important documents that help protect both you and your loved ones. They clearly outline how your property will be divided and name your beneficiaries. After drafting your will, you should be sure to keep it in a safe place, but also make sure your loved ones know where to find it in the event you pass away.  There are a few steps you should take to keep your will safe.

Maintaining the original document

Be sure to keep the original of your will safe. It should be stored in a dry and fireproof place, such as a safe deposit box. Be sure to make a note as to where the will is stored so that your family can find it upon your death. Many people make notations on the copies of the will to direct family members or their attorney to the location of the original document.

Some people who are concerned about holding onto their own wills ask an attorney or someone else to maintain control of the original will — not a copy. This is a serious responsibility and, if you choose to hand over control of this document, you should be sure to pick someone who you know you can trust. Also, make sure your family members know who has the document.  For example, the estate planning attorneys at BaumannKangas Estate Law. hold original wills for most of their client without charge.  Copies of the will are notated to direct family members who read a copy to the location of the original will.

If you do not have a will, you should consider drafting one immediately. For the guidance you need, meet with an experienced Florida estate planning attorney at BaumannKangas Estate Law.