Where should I keep my will?

In the event your will needs to go through a probate court proceeding, having the original document may make that process easier for your nominated personal representative or executor. Therefore, it is important that he or she is able to access the document.

Your will is an important legal document, so keep it in a safe place. This can be a safety deposit box if someone else knows it is there and has authorization to access the box at the bank or other financial institution. Keeping your executed will in a home safe, fire-proof box, or another place inside your home can also be effective, as long as your personal representative or executor knows where to find it.

Generally, there is no need to file or register your will with any state or county government authority, although some jurisdictions allow people to file their wills for safekeeping for only a nominal fee.

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