When people in New York think about planning for the future, they may decide to make a will. A will is a legal document that reflects how people want their assets to be distributed after their death. It should be noted that even after a will is executed, it can be amended or revoked by the creator unless he or she does not have the capacity to do so. This is one reason why experts recommend keeping the will in a safe, secure place until it is needed.
Some people may want to sign more than one copy of the will so that they can give copies to multiple people, including their children or their attorney. However, when multiple signed copies of the will are available and distributed, it may not be clear which one is the legal document that goes into effect. This is especially true in case the creator later makes changes to the text of the will. A family dispute may ensue as both differing wills are entered into probate court to debate their accuracy.
In some cases, a lawyer or other trusted advisor may keep a second signed copy of the will in a safe or another secure area. However, in most cases, people will arrange secure storage for their signed wills on their own. One thing that people can do is ensure that a scanned copy of the will remains with the attorney, as this digital copy can be used to begin the process of the probate court filing.
There are a number of questions and concerns that people may have about how they can best pass their estates on to their loved ones. An estate planning attorney can give advice and draft wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other key documents that can help people plan for the future.