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Where to store your will for safekeeping

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2022 | Wills

Have you done the responsible thing as an adult and created a will? If so, that’s a great first step in ensuring that your wishes will be carried out once you pass. 

However, along with creating a will, you also must figure out where to keep it. After all, you need to make sure it can be found once you are gone. 

Leave a copy with your legal advisor

After having a will created, it’s good to leave a copy of the document with your legal advisor. Doing so will ensure it is in a safe location and can be accessed when needed. Just make sure you let your family know you have done this. 

Use “safekeeping filing” through the County Clerk

In Texas, you can pay a small fee to have the County Clerk store your will for “safekeeping filing.” However, unlike other states that allow you to file the will with the probate court, you must let your heirs know you have done this. 

Keep a copy in your safe at home

It’s a good idea to keep a copy of your will in a safe at home. If you have a fireproof safe, this is even better, as it ensures the will won’t be damaged if a fire occurs. Again, make sure you let your family know where it is and make sure someone else can access the safe. 

Ensuring your will is found when you pass away

If you want to ensure that your will is used after you pass, you must ensure that your heirs know where it is. The options above give you a good idea of some of the best storage places to consider. You can also discuss the options with your legal advisor during your estate planning process, who may have other suggestions for will storage. 

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