Tips for Making Sure You Keep Your Will Totally Protected
Keeping your will safe and secure will ensure that the court accepts it as valid after you pass away. Courts will want access to the original document, as there is always a chance copies could have been altered or might not reflect the most recently updated version of the will.
The following are some tips for storing this important document:
- Filing cabinet: Keep a copy of the will in your files — either at home or your office — in a filing cabinet. This way, you always have access to a copy of the will should you need to quickly reference it and determine if you need to make any changes. This is not the best alternative, but it is acceptable if you have no alternative.
- Safe deposit box: Keep the original will in a safe place that will not get harmed or destroyed. If you keep it in your home, make sure the container is fireproof. You may also keep it in a safe deposit box at a bank, which ensures that if something were to happen to your home, your will would remain safe. If you opt for a safe deposit box, make sure your family knows where it is. Under Florida law, the personal representative of your estate can still get access to it after your death, even before being appointed by the court.
- Give it to your attorney: In some situations, will testators choose to give the original will to an attorney for safekeeping. Some estate planning attorneys may be hesitant to take on this responsibility. However, the Tampa estate planning lawyers with BaumannKangas Estate Law will provide that service to you without additional cost.
For the legal guidance and advice you need when establishing your will, contact a knowledgeable Tampa estate planning lawyer with BaumannKangas Estate Law.