Shannon Miller, founder of The Miller Elder Law Firm, is a Florida Bar Board Certified Elder Law Attorney talks about what to do with your estate planning documents. A common question I get in my practice is “I have an estate plan in place, my affairs are in order, now what do I do with it?”
Here’s what to do with your estate planning documents once completed:
- Keep in a safe place! Copies are as good as originals for powers of attorney, designation of health care surrogate, and living wills.
- Keep designation of health care surrogate and living will documents in your car’s glove box for easy access when you get to the hospital; you can also email it to yourself.
- I do not recommend you keep in a safety deposit box because if you become incapacitated or die, nobody can get to it without a court order.
- Use a fire proof safe or lock box and inform your trusted contact where it is and how to access it.
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