Keeping your Will safe – Why is it important?
You need to ensure that your Will is kept safe and secure, as if anything happens to your Will (such as theft, flood or fire) or if it cannot be located your estate may need to be distributed according to Intestacy rules rather than to the beneficiaries of your choice.
The original Last Will and Testament is the only document that will be legally accepted and it must be in pristine condition to ensure that there are no complications. Therefore, we recommend that your Will is stored appropriately so that it meets the specific requirements of the Probate Courts when it is presented by your executor(s).
Unfortunately, families often encounter problems when it comes to acting upon the wishes of their loved ones. Understandably, many people don’t like to talk about their plans for later life which can lead to common issues such as the family being unaware that a Will has been written in the first place, the executors not knowing where the Will is stored or it is damaged or lost due to inappropriate storage.
Storing my Will at home is safe… isn’t it?
Many people will understandably assume that the safest place to store their Will is within their home. However, what happens if the worse happens and your house is burgled, damaged by fire or flooded? What if the documents are mislaid during a move or clear out? Research by the Certainty Will register shows that the majority of family members (67%) wouldn’t know where their relative’s Will is stored at home.
Even if you do store the document in a safe and secure location, it will mean that the Will has not been included on the National Will Register. This is the UK wide database of all Wills and is the first place that a legal professional will check should the executors not be able to locate the document themselves.
Professional Will storage solutions – for complete peace of mind
We at Laurelo can offer you the safest option when it comes to storing your Will. We will take ownership and full responsibility for the lifetime storage of your Will, giving you one less thing to worry about.
- Store the documents in a fully insured, professional facility guaranteed against flood and fire damage
- Provide you with a unique reference number so that you can retrieve the Will at any time
- Give you access to a Freephone helpdesk who can answer any questions that you may have
A professional storage solution
Laurelo stores all their clients Wills at Metro Bank, 77 St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, post code AL1 3ED
How will my documents be protected?
The facility offers a number of security features which ensure that your Will is completely protected against any risks that could damage or invalidate it:
- A fully air-conditioned, temperature and humidity-controlled environment
- Full protection against flooding and water damage
- Full protection against fire and smoke using gas suppression agents that will not damage
- Barcoded registration to ensure ease of access and retrieval
- A fully secured facility, monitored by CCTV 24 hours a day and access limited to registered staff only, enforced by a secure entry
C Hardman (Executor)
"Well informed, helpful and efficient throughout the whole probate journey. I was particularly impressed by the speed of response when I had questions"
V Garner (Executor)
"Thank you for dealing with the probate so efficiently. I would not hesitate to recommend your services in the future."
J Jackson (Executor)
"It has been my absolute pleasure to have met Michael and for him to act on my behalf, a wonderful, professional, caring person whose services I would recommend to anyone."
Peter Nash/Paula Cranmer (Executors)
"I would recommend Laurelo to anyone who needs good and sensible advice about the probate process at a very reasonable price."
A Wilson (Executor)
"I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Laurelo in what, at the outset felt like a daunting task, but in reality once explained to us and the burden of completing the forms taken away and completed by a professional the process was seamless."
Lorri Turner Senior Manager (Herongate Wood)
“I have always found Michael at Laurelo to be engaging, honest and supportive of the customers needs. The offer of a home visit to see clients within their own familiar surroundings further supports this. I have no difficulty in recommending their services."
G Perrett Will Protect Ltd & Executor
“Michael's professionalism and knowledge of every aspect of probate is only matched by his sensitivity and patience. He instinctively knows what to say and when to say it and I am so grateful to him for helping me navigate the most difficult period of my life so far safe in the knowledge that I could simply "park" this part of the process and leave it with him to "sort out"."
K Whittle (Executor)
“They provided a professional and emphatic approach and took all the stress away from dealing with probate. Filing the forms very promptly and the whole process was dealt with in just over a month. I would highly recommend and I again thank them for their help."