I would like to seek users’ views about what to do with old Wills following the death of a client.
As a matter of policy our firm retains old Wills with new Wills in a Will packet. Sometimes following the death of the client the executors want to deal with the Will themselves. We therefore give them the last Will and Testament, but not any previous revoked Wills.
Until recently we used to put the old Wills in the archived Will file which was then kept for many years, but since July 2018 we have decided to destroy physical files upon archiving and just rely on the electronic version of the file. So in future there will be no physical file into which to store the old revoked Wills.
One option would be to scan the old Wills on the electronic version of the file and then destroy the old physical Wills. This would then at least ensure that a copy of any old Wills is available should the last Will be successfully challenged.
I would value any thoughts about how to handle this issue.
Graham & Rosen Solicitors