Once your Will has been executed, it is crucial that you take steps to store the original securely. If your original Will goes missing or is accidentally destroyed, your executors will be unable to proceed as a mere copy cannot be admitted to Probate.
If your original Will is damaged or defaced, the Probate Registry may consider that an attempt has been made to revoke your Will and may refuse to admit it to probate. In either case, your estate will be treated as if you had not made a Will at all – and all the devastating consequences of intestacy will follow.
You have a number of options when considering where to keep your original Will plus associated documents such as Lasting Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives and Memoranda of Wishes.