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Where to keep a will

A will should be kept in a safe place. It is wise to make a photocopy of the will as the original may become lost. A note should be made on the copy of where the will is kept. It is wise to let the executor of the will know where it is located. Banks and insurance companies hold wills, usually for a small charge. Trustee companies will usually only hold a will if they are named as an executor. Lawyers will usually hold a will if they have prepared it for a client, even if they are not named as executors.

Wills Register

The Law Society of South Australia provides a secure centralised register of the location of South Australian wills. This service is available for legal practitioners to register wills and to search for missing wills. Although practitioners are encouraged to register their clients’ wills participation in the register is voluntary.

Where to keep a will  :  Last Revised: Fri May 20th 2016
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