What should I do with my estate planning documents after I sign them?
First, congratulations on taking the pivotal step of creating and executing estate planning documents. For most clients, signing their estate planning documents brings a sense of relief and satisfaction. Now you need to know what to do with them. Once your estate planning documents are signed, the originals should be kept in a safe place (such as a fire-resistant safe at your home). We also recommend that you show your executor the exact location of your original will during your lifetime. Your original will needs to be found in the event of your death. If the original will cannot be located, Pennsylvania law presumes that you revoked it. While there are ways for a lawyer to try to probate a photocopy of a will, doing so can be expensive with an uncertain outcome.