Many people neglect to tell loved ones where their wills are located. Often this is out of fear that if someone knows the location of a will, they might look at it and find out its contents.
Unfortunately, this leads to a very common situation where the family of the deceased cannot find the will. This creates unnecessary probate problems.
There are several solutions to this, including but not limited to:
- Making sure that someone with no expectations of an inheritance from you knows where your will is located and that your family knows who that person is. An estate attorney is an excellent choice for this, by the way and recommended by many practitioners.
- In Ohio, you can file your Will with the County Probate Court where you reside and let family members know that it has been filed with the Court.
However, in today’s transient society, these alternative solutions are not always satisfactory.
Other countries have solved the issue by creating national registries for wills. Until now, the United States has had no such registry.
As reported by the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog in a recent article titled "New Service to Track Location Of A Will," the new U.S. Will Registry now allows people to register their wills for free.
When the testator passes away, family members can present a death certificate and learn the location of the will.
What is your plan? This is a practical dilemma you should more than just consider.
Contact an experienced Cincinnati estate planning attorney for advice.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your estate plans or when probating an estate or administering a trust, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage a Cincinnati estate planning attorney.
For more information about estate planning, probate or trust administration in Cincinnati (and throughout the rest of Southwest Ohio) and to review free resources regarding estate planning, probate or trust administration, visit my website. If you have questions regarding this article or a particular legal matter, feel free to contact me at 513-399-PLAN (7526).
Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (June 22, 2015) "New Service to Track Location Of A Will,"