It is no good making a Will if it goes missing when it is needed. Hence your Will
needs to be kept safe and stored professionally - but you never need to pay regularly
for the service and we include your Will on the National Will Register
Storing a Will
Keeping a Will at home is never a good idea. All too easily it can be lost, stolen
or accidentally thrown away. In some situations it can even be destroyed deliberately
by someone who does not like what the Will says!
Whatever the cause, if you have kept the Will yourself but when it is needed the
original document cannot be found then the law assumes you have no Will at all. It
is the original document that is needed (not a copy). Even if the original is not
lost, if you keep it at home it may have become damaged causing the Probate Office
to question its validity later on.
In the past solicitors simply stored Wills in their office, sometimes in wooden document
holders just like this one. Whilst it might have stopped a Will simply being lost,
it was no protection against fire, damp or other problems.
Your local bank might store it for you for an annual charge, but if you move or change
banks it might not be found in the future. In any event, the bank might not let anyone
access your stored papers without a grant of Probate - but your executors cannot
get a grant of Probate without first getting hold of the papers - a real “catch 22”
That is why we recommend professional Will storage – somewhere where it will be kept
safe but also where it can be found and properly retrieved. At InHouse we can arrange
proper storage of your Will as a standard part of our current Will writing service,
with NO ongoing annual charges. Your Will is kept in fireproof storage under the
protection of a major national specialist company who currently look after more than
100,000 Wills. You are issued with certificates for yourself and your family. That
way your Will is kept safe (and private) until it is needed and your family know
exactly where to find it. Meanwhile, we make sure that you have a copy of the Will
for your own records so that you always have something to refer to when reviewing
your Will from time to time.
The storage service currently includes access to a free Probate Helpline, to give
advice to you and to your Executors.
Recently we have been able to add even greater benefit to our service; all new Wills
stored in this manner are being included on the National Will Register. This is done
without any cost to you, saving you a fee of around £30.00 per Will if you wanted
to register your own Will. Being on the register means that even if your family lose
all paper records of your Will, the Will can still be located by a search of the
register once you have passed away. But of course, during your lifetime any record
of your Will still remains completely private.
Unlike InHouse, many other firms make annual charges for the storage of Wills - although
they often hide that fact until the last minute. Some firms may include Will storage
as part of an expensive package of services, such as ‘pre-paid probate’ which is
rarely a good idea.
If you are paying regularly for storage of your Will, contact us today to talk about
how to save your money.