Once your Will has been executed, it is crucial that you take steps to store the original securely. If your original Will goes missing or is accidentally destroyed, your executors will be unable to proceed as a mere copy cannot be admitted to Probate.
There are dangers associated with storing a house deed in your home: the deeds could be destroyed by fire, flooding, or taken during a burglary. If the house deed is lost, stolen or destroyed, you will have to apply to Land Registry, a government department responsible for recording ownership of all the land and property in England and Wales, to prove that you own the house. This process involves filling in forms and may even require a visit from an inspector to verify details about the house, which is a hassle that is best avoided if possible.
As with a Will once your Lasting Power of Attorney has been executed, it is crucial that you take steps to store the originals securely. If your original documents goes missing or is accidentally destroyed, your attorney will be unable to act until a certified copy can be provided.