Secure Will Storage

Keeping your Will safe

Why is it so important?

Your original, signed Will is the only legally binding version. Only the original Will can be submitted to Probate, so it is important that you keep your Will safe.

Athena Wills Ltd can offer you the safest option when it comes to storing your Will. We take responsibility for the lifetime storage of your Will(s), giving you one less thing to worry about.

Athena Wills Ltd can:
  • Store the document(s) in a fully insured, professional facility guaranteed against flood and fire damage
  • Supply you and your Executors with storage certificates with your unique reference number so the Will(s) can be retrieved with ease when the time comes
  • Supply you with a PDF copy of your Will for your reference
  • Register your Will(s) on the National Will Register so that it can be found quickly and easily
  • Give you access to a Freephone helpdesk who can answer any questions that you may have

A Will is one of the most important documents that you are likely to make. It is vitally important in enabling you to leave clear instructions on how your Estate is to be distributed, as well as explaining any specific wishes that you may want to be followed once you have passed away.

The importance of the decisions that you have made means that you need to ensure that your Will is kept safe and secure. If anything happens to your Will or if your Executor doesn’t know where to find it, you may as well not have written one.

Only the original Last Will and Testament is the only document that will be legally accepted and it must be in pristine condition to ensure that there are no complications when following the wishes set out in it.

Therefore, it is vital that your documents and are stored appropriately so that it meets the specific requirements of the Probate Courts when it is presented by your Executor(s).

Storing my Will at home is safe… isn’t it? Many people will understandably assume that the safest place to store their Will is within their home.  Research by the Certainty Will register shows that the majority of family members (67%) wouldn’t know where their relative’s Will is stored at home. Even if you do store the document in a safe and secure location, it will mean that the Will has not been included on the National Will Register. This is the UK wide database of all Wills and is the first place that a legal professional will check should the Executors not be able to locate the document themselves.

Professional Will Storage solutions

How will my documents be protected?

The facility that is used to store documents offers a number of security features which ensure that your Will is completely protected against any risks that could damage or invalidate it.

The facility meets ISO 9001 and ISO14001 quality management standards. It also meets the BSI PD 5454 standard for the preservation of archived materials.

How do I store my Will(s) with Athena Wills Ltd?

Please speak to Gail, who will be able to organise the storage of your Will(s).

A fully air conditioned, temperature and humidity controlled environment

Full protection against flooding and water damage

Full protection against fire and smoke using gas suppression agents that will not damage documents

Bar coded registration to ensure ease of access and retrieval

A fully secured facility, monitored by CCTV 24 hours a day

Access limited to registered staff only, enforced by secure entry

How much does this service cost?

For an individual: £15.00 per annum and for a couple: £20.00 per annum.

Sign up is done completely online, through an easy two-step process and payment is collected by Direct Debit, which is set up through GoCardless.