Great! You’ve considered taking steps to make your Will.
It goes without saying that your Will is likely to be one of the most important documents you will ever sign – so it makes sense to protect it.
It’s estimated that a staggering 50% of Wills cannot be found after the death of a Testator (the person making a Will) – and as a copy Will is not a legal document, it is not acceptable in a court of law. This would have the effect of you dying “Intestate”, that is dying without having made a Will.
There is one place you should NEVER keep your Will – and that’s at HOME. Here’s why:
- Fire, flood and theft – these are all potential hazards at home, and if your Will is lost, destroyed or damaged it has the effect of dying “Intestate”
- Accidental damage or defacing – Wills can be contested if they have even a slight tear or mark on them. Holes made by staples or pins, or even a child’s scribbling could all result in the Will being invalidated.
- Inability to locate or deliberate destruction – your Executors may not be the first to discover your Will, and if those finding it first don’t like your instructions the Will could be removed or destroyed, effectively leaving your affairs as if you hadn’t made a Will.
- Your latest Will? – It’s important that your Executors know where you have left your latest Will. If an earlier Will is found the chances are they will assume it’s the latest and stop searching.
- Storage with Solicitors or Banks – Solicitors practices are subject to retirement, merger or closure. As a result your Executors may have difficulty in locating your Will – it may even have been lost in transferral. Storing the document in a bank safety deposit can also present problems as a court order may be necessary to get to it!
- Secure storage of your Will(s)
- Storage for other important documents (e.g. deeds, bonds, insurance policies etc.)
- Your Will(s) are registered on the National Will Register with certainty.co.uk (ensuring your Will can always be traced)
- Identity Retrieval Cards for your Executors
- Safe Custody Certificate issued by the National Will Archive
UPDATES TO YOUR WILL
- FREE UPDATES* to your Will as and when required
* The free updates element of the package applies to the basic Will and any non-standard clauses you have previously purchased. It does not include the addition of any non-standard clauses that you have not previously purchased (e.g. the addition of a will trust) and the inclusion of such will be charged at the prevailing rate applicable from time to time. Once purchased any non-standard clauses will be included in any future updates to your Will free of charge. A production, postage and administrative charge will be payable at each amendment. (This charge is currently £15 for a single Will and £20 for joint Wills, although will be applied at the rate prevailing at the time of update).
- £199per month
- £299per month