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You've protected your estate, now for your Will

You’ve made a Will but what have you done to protect it?

Buying your first home is a big scary journey. Sometimes it can almost feel as if you are strapped into an enormous rocket and there’s nothing you can do about it but hope and pray that you are going to finish up where you dreamed your journey would end – over the threshold of your first home.

Imagine of a person signing a paper document

You have, very sensibly, made a Will and taken care to bequeath all those things you treasure to the people you treasure.

We all take care of things we value - our money in the bank, jewels in a safe, and important documents in a strongbox, so it makes perfect sense to store your Will in a secure and safe location as well.  

Your Will should provide clear instructions on how your estate is to be distributed. If anything happens to your Will or if your executor doesn’t know where to find it, you may as well not have written one.

The original last Will and Testament is the only document that will be legally accepted and it must be in pristine condition to ensure that there are no complications when following the wishes set out in it.  It is vital that your documents are stored appropriately so that it meets the specific requirements of the Probate Courts.

Tom Curran, Chief Executive at our estate administration partner, Kings Court Trust, says: “Many people will understandably assume that the safest place to store their Will is within their house, but our research shows that the majority of family members (67%) wouldn’t know where their relative’s Will is stored at home.

“It is also important to ask yourself, what happens if the worst occurs and your house is burgled, damaged by fire or flooded?  Or what happens if the documents are mislaid during a move or clear-out? We always recommend you speak to your Will writer regarding storage solutions so that your Will is kept safe and in good condition.”

Through our estate administration partner, Kings Court Trust, we offer safe and secure storage at their professional storage facility. We take ownership and full responsibility for the lifetime storage of your Will, giving you one less thing to worry about.

Call us on 03300 292611 or visit our Probate and Estate Administration pages for more information on our comprehensive estate administration service. 

Steve McDowell

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