Are attorneys required to retain a copy of their clients’ Wills?

Asked on October 22, 2015 under Estate Planning, Alabama

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, there is no requirement that lawyers and/or law firms retain originals or copies of Wills that they prepare for their clients. Additionally, there is no requirement as to the length of time that a Will must be kept by lawyers and/or law firms who have retained their client's Will for safekeeping.


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