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Wills 101

What Should I Do After I Execute A Will?

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Where To Store Your Will

People tend to store a Will in a safe deposit box. However, safe deposit boxes are sealed upon death and generally require a court procedure before they can be opened.

If you store the original of your Will with the lawyer who helped with it:

  • The document will be safe.
  • The document will be available immediately.

If no lawyer was involved, consider storing your will in a fireproof box in your home. 

No matter where your Will is stored, let the person who will be responsible to carrying out the terms of the Will know where it is stored.


Check your Will periodically to be sure it is up-to-date and continues to reflect your wishes. Make a note in your calendar to review your Will at least once a year.

If you want to make a change, you don't have to rewrite the entire Will. You can make the change by an amendment known as a "Codicil." A Codicil needs to be executed with the same procedure as required for the proper execution of a Will.


A Will can be revoked at any time. 

You can revoke a Will by destroying it, or by revoking it in writing. For example, when a lawyer drafts a Will, there is usually a provision in it that all previous wills are revoked.

To avoid confusion, destroy the original of the old one when you write a new will. (NOTE: If there is a question about your mental capacity to write a new will, you can keep the old will and state in your new will that if there is a problem, the old will will govern. That way you won't die without a will if a challenge to the new will is successful.)

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