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When someone makes a new will, does the solicitor keep the

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When someone makes a new will, does the solicitor keep the old wills originals, assuming the same solicitor wrote the old wills?

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Hi there,

The new Will will revoke the old will. So, the old will is no longer legally valid once a new Will is made. There is no need to store the old invalid Will and it should be destroyed.

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Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Thank you. I understand your answer. But I am asking what solicitors do in practice. Do they keep the old originals they had on file or do they destroy them?

Destroy them.

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It is no longer valid and storing it can cause a confusion at a later stage.

and the new will should also begin with a clause stating that it revokes all previous wills

Thank you. Best wishes.

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Thank you for continuing to expand upon your answer. I was hoping a solicitor had previous wills of a deceased as I believe the current will may be invalid but there's no point in challenging it if the old wills are not available.

The old wills are destroyed and not stored.

Thank you. Best wishes.