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  • Writer's pictureAnna Kmiec

Storing a will safely

The original version of a will is the only legally binding version. Photocopies, scanned originals, and computer documents are not legally valid because they do not contain your original signature.

Although there is no legal requirement where you must deposit or store your will, some places are better than others. You should be extremely careful if you decide to keep your original will at home. If there is a fire, flood, or burglary, for example, you risk losing your will. If a will is damaged in any way, the court may declare it invalid. In addition, if your family or executors cannot find the will after your death, then your wishes may not be followed, and the people you wished to inherit your estate might not do so.

There are various ways to store your will. For a small fee, you can lodge your will with the Probate Service, which is operated by the government. Your solicitor or bank will offer to store a will for free or at a low cost. Here at Citywide Wills, we offer a will storage service. The benefits are that we understand the content of your will and can provide FREE probate advice and guidance.

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