Once you have an estate plan, it is extremely important that the original documents in the plan be preserved so that they are available after you pass away. If the originals are not preserved, there can be serious consequences.
Before a will can be submitted to probate, the original will must be located. If the original will cannot be found, it is assumed to have been revoked if the deceased was the last person known to have been in control of it.
This is because a will can easily be voided by tearing it up or throwing it in the fire. The law assumes that the deceased did something like that. This makes the safe storage of wills extremely important. The question then becomes where to store your will?
In an article titled “Estate Planning: Importance of original estate planning documents,”Lake County News suggests that a bank safety deposit box is a good place to store your original will and other estate planning documents.
While that is true, it comes with a caveat.
Someone else needs to be on record at the bank having lawful access to the box. Otherwise, the bank will require a court order to grant access.
Please contact our office today at 239-225-7911 to schedule an appointment with Barbara M. Pizzolato if you are interested in protecting your legacy and need to create or update your estate plan. You may also wish to attend one of our free seminars.
Reference: Lake County News (November 15, 2014) “Estate Planning: Importance of Estate Planning Documents“