How-to write a will

End of Life Management Toolkit #1 | by Team Passare and Robert L. Shepard and Y Collaborative

6. Where to Store a Will

Knowing how to store a will is just as important as knowing how to write a will. Store your will in a safe and easily accessible place for your Executor to find. This includes a fire proof box, home safe, a safety deposit box in a financial institution, or in the safe keeping of your lawyer. Be sure to inform your family and Executor of the location. Some states require you to file the original Will with the clerk of the court in the county where you live. See the Resources to find out more about your state statutes.

Helpful Hint: If you decide to store your Will with a trusted lawyer, be sure to make a copy for yourself in case he/she is not able to provide the documents.

State statues:

For a state-by-state directory of lawyer referral programs, visit The American Bar Association:

Take a few minutes now to answer these questions.
  1. What are some possible locations where I can safely store my Will?
  2. Who else should know the location of my Will when I have one?
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