Monday, February 21, 2011

Safekeeping For Your Will

I advise clients to keep an original will at home, in a fire proof box. For those clients uncomfortable with this option, I recommend turning to the county courthouse. Here in Dane County, and many other counties, a person is able to file a will for "safe keeping" with the probate court. The fee in Dane County is $10; a lot less expensive than a safe deposit box. Just remember, if you do file a will at the courthouse, make sure you leave documentation of where it can be found after you die. If your loved ones can't find a will, it is as though you died intestate (i.e. without a will, and then state statue will control).

As always, it is wise to advise an attorney for advice on estate planning....this blog is for general discussion and should NOT be taken as legal advice.

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