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Missing estate planning documents could impact probate

On Behalf of | Jan 21, 2023 | Probate |

After the death of a loved one, heirs, beneficiaries and other interested parties may take steps to settle the last of the affairs of the decedent. This may include paying off remaining debts, distributing assets according to his or her wishes, and more. The executor of the estate will rely on estate planning documents drafted by the decedent in order to know how to proceed and what steps to take on his or her behalf. It is critical for the executor to have access to the original documents. 

In the interest of safety and security 

A decedent may draft an estate plan and create important documents, then he or she may want to keep the details of these plans private. There may be a temptation to hide estate planning documents to protect personal interests, but it is important not to keep them from being located when needed. Storing them in hidden or unknown places could cause complications for heirs and beneficiaries. 

If one is concerned about the safety of important documents, he or she may benefit from keeping them in a fireproof box at home or a deposit box at a bank. This will secure them, but also protect them from the threat of fire or theft. However, at least one person should know where they are and how to get to them. 

 Confidence for the future 

Missing estate planning documents can make probate and the estate administration process difficult. It is possible to secure these documents while also ensuring they are available by communicating with the appropriate parties. A complete estate plan and protection of these documents can provide confidence and peace of mind.