Where is the best place to keep my will?

It is important to choose a safe place where someone can easily locate the will after your death. A safe deposit box is a good, safe place to keep a will, but only if your heirs know the will is there and can get to it after you die.  

When choosing a bank in which to rent a safe deposit box, you need to find out how the bank will control the box after your death. Some banks will not allow anyone except a court-appointed administrator to open the box to retrieve the will. This policy may cause difficulty and delay in settling your estate. Other banks allow a family member to remove the will in the presence of bank officials. If your will is kept in a safe deposit box at the bank you should make sure the executor named in your will has access to it after your death.