The Safest and Most Practical Places To Store Your Will

Your will should be stored along with other important estate planning documents in a safe, easy-to-access location. You should tell someone you trust where your will is located so that it can be easily found when the time comes.

Where to store your will

A will can be stored in your home in a personal safe, a locked filing cabinet, or in another safe location. If you store your will in a location that requires a combination, password, or key for entry, be sure to share that information with someone you trust, such as your spouse, your adult children, or your attorney. 

Storing your will with an attorney

Many estate attorneys and personal attorneys will be able to store your will in a secure location in his or her office. If you choose to store your will with your attorney, be sure to tell your family that you’ve done so. 

Storing your will in a safe deposit box

Do not store your will in a safe deposit box. Unless the box is jointly managed (and your survivors are authorized to access the safe deposit box), the bank will likely require a court order to access the box, which could take a long time.

Informing people where your will is stored

Wherever you store your will, make sure that important people you trust—your spouse, your adult children, your attorney, etc.—know where your will is located so that they can easily locate and access the document when the time comes.

For more advice on how to store important documents, see Organize and Share Important Documents.