Should I give copies of my will to anyone?

It is important that someone else knows you have made a will. You should notify the person or people you have named to play any roles in your will, including your personal representative, the guardian for your minor children, and any trustee(s) for testamentary trusts that you have named.

As your will contains your private personal information, whether you should provide copies of your will to any of those people is a personal decision. Your will should be safe as long as at least a few people have copies and know where you keep yours.

If you do decide to give photocopies of your will to your nominated personal representative, family members, or friends and later decide to make changes to the will, you may want to provide copies of the codicil or new will to them. This can help limit confusion when your estate is administered after your death.

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