Do lawyers hold copies of Wills?

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Latest post Tue, Mar 25 2008 6:36 PM by Taxagent. 3 replies.
  • Mon, Mar 24 2008 10:13 AM

    • chloe20
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    Do lawyers hold copies of Wills?

    Do all lawyers hold copies of wills they have written?
  • Mon, Mar 24 2008 12:21 PM In reply to

    re: Do lawyers hold copies of Wills?

    Some do, some don't.

    Those that do, probably don't hold them for very long.

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  • Mon, Mar 24 2008 8:46 PM In reply to

    • HatTrick
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    re: Do lawyers hold copies of Wills?

    No. Many lawyers do not keep copies of the signed Wills. But many do.

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  • Tue, Mar 25 2008 6:36 PM In reply to

    Feedback [*=*] re: Do lawyers hold copies of Wills?

    Not all of them do, of course. But many will keep copies of them for at least some period of time. In my state, for example, lawyers must keep the files for work they did for a client for 7 years. Thus, an attorney in my state should keep a copy of the will he did for a client for at least that period of time.

    Note, though, that in most states, a COPY of will does not do you much good. A copy can’t be probated—the original must be produced for that. There may be limited circumstances where the copy may be useful, but if you are looking for a will to probate, you probably need to find the original.
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