By creating a will, you have taken an important step in prudent future planning for yourself and your family members in Florida or in other states. But, now that you have your will done, what are you doing with it? Have you simply put it in a filing cabinet along with your bills and other financial documents? Does anyone know where it is? Are there multiple copies of your will?

These are just some of the questions that you should think about when you make your estate plans. Remember, the point of having a will is to ensure that what you want to happen after you die actually does happen. That is not necessarily possible if nobody can find your will. Before you automatically assume that putting your will in a safe deposit box is the way to go, you may want to think again. Life Health Pro points out that these boxes are often locked when a person dies, limiting the potential for your heirs to access the items inside, including your will.

When we draft wills for clients, we keep the original copy in a secure, fire proof safe completely free of charge. Additionally, we provide our clients with as many copies of their will as they need.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information about keeping estate planning documents secure in Florida.

Written by Luis E. Barreto

Luis E. Barreto

Luis is a probate and guardianship litigator with over 23 years of experience in the field. Determination of heirs, will contests, breaches of fiduciary duty, removal of personal representatives, guardians and trustees are just some of the types of litigation he addresses. In addition, he administers non-contested estates and guardianships.