How long does one need to keep wills of parents and relatives?

Asked January 29, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

How long does one need to keep wills of parents and relatives after distribution?

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You will want to keep a copy for a while, for in case down the road proof of death is needed. For instance, a lone stock certificate or other asset may appear, and to cash it in you will have a copy of the death certificate and the will. A reasonable time period would be about a year. If you don't happen to have one, the court documents will be on file. You may want to keep a copy longer since the document might be of interest to the family for genealogical study – it would be useful to future generations to better understand their ancestors. Cole