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Thank you for visiting our website to find out more about secure document storage.

We pride ourselves in offering a friendly, competitive and fuss-free service, and are happy to arrange a no-obligation meeting. This will usually be in the comfort and privacy of your own home and at a time to suit you. That means no need for travel, parking or taking time-out!

Within these pages you’ll find a wealth of information about protecting you and your loved ones. Especially at times when we become most vulnerable. And although legal matters can sometimes be a little complicated we have tried to present the details of our services in a language you can understand.

You are also invited to use our Quick Enquiry form, or to give us a call us on our dedicated Help Line 01773 443301. We’ll be more than happy to discuss any queries you may have. There is also a Quick Links section on each page to help you find other relevant information.

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Finding someone’s latest Will on their death continues to cause serious problems for the Executors who have been appointed to administer the Estate. The problem is that around half the Wills made, simply cannot be found! This effectively means that there is no Will, and the rules on intestacy (dying without a Will) are applied – therefore not reflecting the deceased’s wishes.

Many Wills are also rejected by the Probate Office because the document has been damaged or torn, has staple holes, is partially burned, or has been scribbled on – all of which suggest there may have been a deliberate attempt to destroy or alter the original Will. Furthermore, the Will may have been deliberately removed and destroyed by a beneficiary who was not happy with the contents of it, and who may fair better under the intestacy rules.

So, there’s one place a will should NEVER be stored – and that’s at HOME. Here’s why:

Fire, Flood and Theft: If your home is subject to fire, flood or burglary, your Will is seriously at risk – if it is lost or damaged, then you will no longer have a Will, and this has the effect of you dying “intestate”.

Accidental Damage or Defacing: Wills can be successfully contested even if they have a small tear or marks on them. Holes made by staples, pins or paperclips; as well as a young child’s scribbling could all cause the Will to be invalidated by the courts.

Deterioration: Your Will may need to last for many years. Accordingly it should be kept under the correct light, humidity and temperature conditions.

Inability to Find: Your Executors must be able to take possession of your Will on death. If your Will is left in your home, your Executors may not be the first to discover the document, and if those getting there first don’t like your instructions, the Will could be removed or destroyed – thus effectively leaving your affairs as if you hadn’t made a Will.

Is it your LATEST Will?: It is very important that your Executors know where to find your latest Will. Hunting around your house on death adds to the frustration at a stressful time, and if an earlier Will is found, the chances are your Executors will assume it is the latest one and stop searching.

Solicitors: Solicitors practices are often subject to retirement, amalgamation or closure, and your Executor may have difficulty in locating or tracing your Will – it may even be lost in transfer.

Banks: If your Will is kept in a bank safety deposit box, it’s likely that a court order would be required to get to it. So it is important to ensure that not only is your Will safe – but it is also accessible.

What does an Abbey Wills Storage package provide?

  • Secure storage of your Will(s)
  • Storage for other important documents (e.g. deeds, bonds, insurance policies etc.)
  • Your Will(s) are registered on the National Will Register with certainty.co.uk (ensuring your Will can always be traced)
  • Identity Retrieval Cards for your Executors
  • Safe Custody Certificate issued by the National Will Archive
  • FREE UPDATES* to your Will(s) whenever changes need to be made

* The free updates element of the package applies to the basic Will and any non-standard clauses you have previously purchased. It does not include the addition of any non-standard clauses that you have not previously purchased (e.g. the addition of a will trust) and the inclusion of such will be charged at the prevailing rate applicable from time to time. Once purchased any non-standard clauses will be included in any future updates to your Will free of charge. A production, postage and administrative charge will be payable at each amendment. (This charge is currently £15 for a single Will and £20 for joint Wills, although will be applied at the rate prevailing at the time of update).

And the Cost?

Single

£199per month

Joint

£299per month

Click above to buy online or for more information call us on

01773 443301

Get in Touch

Would you like more information on our secure document storage package? Or do you want to arrange a free home meeting?

If so, please call us on 01773 443301, or send us a message using the Quick Enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Quick Links

Why Make a Will?
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
What is an Advance Decision?
What is a Family Trust?
Probate Assistance
About Us
Contact Us

Quick Enquiry

Secure Document Storage

Finding someone’s latest Will on their death continues to cause serious problems for the Executors who have been appointed to administer the Estate. The problem is that around half the Wills made, simply cannot be found! This effectively means that there is no Will, and the rules on intestacy (dying without a Will) are applied – therefore not reflecting the deceased’s wishes.

Many Wills are also rejected by the Probate Office because the document has been damaged or torn, has staple holes, is partially burned, or has been scribbled on – all of which suggest there may have been a deliberate attempt to destroy or alter the original Will. Furthermore, the Will may have been deliberately removed and destroyed by a beneficiary who was not happy with the contents of it, and who may fair better under the intestacy rules.

So, there’s one place a will should NEVER be stored – and that’s at HOME. Here’s why:

Fire, Flood and Theft: If your home is subject to fire, flood or burglary, your Will is seriously at risk – if it is lost or damaged, then you will no longer have a Will, and this has the effect of you dying “intestate”.

Accidental Damage or Defacing: Wills can be successfully contested even if they have a small tear or marks on them. Holes made by staples, pins or paperclips; as well as a young child’s scribbling could all cause the Will to be invalidated by the courts.

Deterioration: Your Will may need to last for many years. Accordingly it should be kept under the correct light, humidity and temperature conditions.

Inability to Find: Your Executors must be able to take possession of your Will on death. If your Will is left in your home, your Executors may not be the first to discover the document, and if those getting there first don’t like your instructions, the Will could be removed or destroyed – thus effectively leaving your affairs as if you hadn’t made a Will.

Is it your LATEST Will?: It is very important that your Executors know where to find your latest Will. Hunting around your house on death adds to the frustration at a stressful time, and if an earlier Will is found, the chances are your Executors will assume it is the latest one and stop searching.

Solicitors: Solicitors practices are often subject to retirement, amalgamation or closure, and your Executor may have difficulty in locating or tracing your Will – it may even be lost in transfer.

Banks: If your Will is kept in a bank safety deposit box, it’s likely that a court order would be required to get to it. So it is important to ensure that not only is your Will safe – but it is also accessible.

What does an Abbey Wills Storage package provide?

  • Secure storage of your Will(s)
  • Storage for other important documents (e.g. deeds, bonds, insurance policies etc.)
  • Your Will(s) are registered on the National Will Register with certainty.co.uk (ensuring your Will can always be traced)
  • Identity Retrieval Cards for your Executors
  • Safe Custody Certificate issued by the National Will Archive
  • FREE UPDATES* to your Will(s) whenever changes need to be made

* The free updates element of the package applies to the basic Will and any non-standard clauses you have previously purchased. It does not include the addition of any non-standard clauses that you have not previously purchased (e.g. the addition of a will trust) and the inclusion of such will be charged at the prevailing rate applicable from time to time. Once purchased any non-standard clauses will be included in any future updates to your Will free of charge. A production, postage and administrative charge will be payable at each amendment. (This charge is currently £15 for a single Will and £20 for joint Wills, although will be applied at the rate prevailing at the time of update).

And the Cost?

Single

£199per month

Joint

£299per month

Click above to buy online or for more information call us on

01773 443301

Get in Touch

Would you like more information on our secure document storage package? Or do you want to arrange a free home meeting?

If so, please call us on 01773 443301, or send us a message using the Quick Enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.

Quick Links

Why Make a Will?
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
What is an Advance Decision?
What is a Family Trust?
Probate Assistance
About Us
Contact Us

Quick Enquiry

Quick Links

Why Make a Will?
What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
What is an Advance Decision?
What is a Family Trust?
Probate Assistance
About Us
Contact Us

Quick Enquiry

Secure Document Storage

Finding someone’s latest Will on their death continues to cause serious problems for the Executors who have been appointed to administer the Estate. The problem is that around half the Wills made, simply cannot be found! This effectively means that there is no Will, and the rules on intestacy (dying without a Will) are applied – therefore not reflecting the deceased’s wishes.

Many Wills are also rejected by the Probate Office because the document has been damaged or torn, has staple holes, is partially burned, or has been scribbled on – all of which suggest there may have been a deliberate attempt to destroy or alter the original Will. Furthermore, the Will may have been deliberately removed and destroyed by a beneficiary who was not happy with the contents of it, and who may fair better under the intestacy rules.

So, there’s one place a will should NEVER be stored – and that’s at HOME. Here’s why:

Fire, Flood and Theft: If your home is subject to fire, flood or burglary, your Will is seriously at risk – if it is lost or damaged, then you will no longer have a Will, and this has the effect of you dying “intestate”.

Accidental Damage or Defacing: Wills can be successfully contested even if they have a small tear or marks on them. Holes made by staples, pins or paperclips; as well as a young child’s scribbling could all cause the Will to be invalidated by the courts.

Deterioration: Your Will may need to last for many years. Accordingly it should be kept under the correct light, humidity and temperature conditions.

Inability to Find: Your Executors must be able to take possession of your Will on death. If your Will is left in your home, your Executors may not be the first to discover the document, and if those getting there first don’t like your instructions, the Will could be removed or destroyed – thus effectively leaving your affairs as if you hadn’t made a Will.

Is it your LATEST Will?: It is very important that your Executors know where to find your latest Will. Hunting around your house on death adds to the frustration at a stressful time, and if an earlier Will is found, the chances are your Executors will assume it is the latest one and stop searching.

Solicitors: Solicitors practices are often subject to retirement, amalgamation or closure, and your Executor may have difficulty in locating or tracing your Will – it may even be lost in transfer.

Banks: If your Will is kept in a bank safety deposit box, it’s likely that a court order would be required to get to it. So it is important to ensure that not only is your Will safe – but it is also accessible.

What does an Abbey Wills Storage package provide?

  • Secure storage of your Will(s)
  • Storage for other important documents (e.g. deeds, bonds, insurance policies etc.)
  • Your Will(s) are registered on the National Will Register with certainty.co.uk (ensuring your Will can always be traced)
  • Identity Retrieval Cards for your Executors
  • Safe Custody Certificate issued by the National Will Archive
  • FREE UPDATES* to your Will(s) whenever changes need to be made

* The free updates element of the package applies to the basic Will and any non-standard clauses you have previously purchased. It does not include the addition of any non-standard clauses that you have not previously purchased (e.g. the addition of a will trust) and the inclusion of such will be charged at the prevailing rate applicable from time to time. Once purchased any non-standard clauses will be included in any future updates to your Will free of charge. A production, postage and administrative charge will be payable at each amendment. (This charge is currently £15 for a single Will and £20 for joint Wills, although will be applied at the rate prevailing at the time of update).

And the Cost?

Single

£199per month

Joint

£299per month

Click above to buy online or for more information call us on

01773 443301

Get in Touch

Would you like more information on our secure document storage package? Or do you want to arrange a free home meeting?

If so, please call us on 01773 443301, or send us a message using the Quick Enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.