Should you make multiple copies of your will?

On Behalf of | Feb 10, 2021 | Estate Planning

When you die in Florida, your loved ones might want to see a copy of your will. To prepare for this eventuality, you might have considered creating multiple copies of your will and handing them out while you’re still alive. However, doing so can lead to complications later on.

Should you create multiple copies of your will?

During the estate planning process, it’s not illegal to create multiple copies of your will. However, you might want to revise your will at some point in your lifetime. If you’ve given multiple people copies of your will, you’ll have to retrieve the copies when you revise your plans. Otherwise, someone might try to bring up the old version of the will after you pass away, particularly if it leaves them a greater share of assets.

It’s also important to store your will in a secure place so that your family members can access your last wishes when the time comes. If you hand out your will to multiple people, they could lose or misplace their copies. Your will might even fall into the hands of the wrong person. Some estate planning attorneys recommend writing only one copy of your will and keeping it in a safe place, like a safe deposit box.

Who could answer your questions about writing a will?

An attorney could help you write your will and answer any questions you have along the way. If you’ve already drafted a will, an attorney could help you revise your plans in accordance with any major life changes. Many people revise their wills several times throughout their lifetimes, so make sure you keep your will in a safe place that you can access easily.