website designed to keep track of people’s last wills and testaments
and their living wills hopes to reduce the inability of loved ones to
find a deceased person’s will and an incapacitated person’s living will.
after eight years of research and the guidance of 22 top retired estate
planning attorneys throughout the country, the U.S. Living Will
Registry offers attorneys the opportunity to register wills so that
heirs or caregivers can locate the wills by filing a request with the
registry. According to the registry’s website, studies show that 67
percent of wills that are written are never found because no one knows
where the will is located.
attorneys can register wills with the registry website. To ensure the
information is kept secure, the registration only asks for the location
of the original and duplicate copies of the client’s will. In the case
of a last will and testament, the person searching for the will is
required to provide the deceased’s first and last names, last four
digits of the person’s Social Security number, date of birth, as well as
a death certificate to the attorney on file. If there is a match in the
system, the registry will only forward the ‘searchers’ contact
information directly to the attorney/office listed in the registration
form for follow up.
To learn more, click onThe U.S. Will Registry website.