- the willmaker has made his own Will and left it at home in an apparently safe place
- he has made a Will with a Solicitor and taken the original home for safekeeping.
Where Should I Keep My Will?We suggest that if you make a Will leave it in a safe place that can be accessed by your Executor when required. Some clients place Wills in safes at home. This can be problematic if the safe code is not known by the Executor. Other clients leave them at their bank. There can be difficulties accessing these Wills as bank protocols must be followed. Sometimes Executors do not know which bank holds the Will. We believe that the best place for your Will is in your Solicitor’s office. Phillips & Wilkins has a strongroom where we file all Wills made by our clients and left with us for safekeeping. There is no charge for this service. Indeed we also hold many self-made Wills of clients in our strongroom (again at no charge) as we believe that it is so important that Wills are safely held. The other advantage we offer clients is that not only do we hold original Wills at no charge, we also scan them on to our computerised records, so we always have a copy of the signed Will available if required. If you have thought through how you wish your assets to be distributed upon your death and have made a Will reflecting those wishes, why risk your wishes not being carried out by placing your Will in a place where it cannot be found?
Grant has been a partner at Phillips & Wilkins since 1990 having joined the firm in 1983. He is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Elder Law Committee. Learn more about Grant's legal experience.